Creating a Wonderful Space for Wildlife in Your Garden

People increasingly understand the importance of spending time outside. They know that doing so is good for their mental, emotional and physical health. As a result, homeowners are spending more time and money on their gardens. They are creating little oases of calm and beauty for their family and friends to enjoy. However, increasingly homeowners want to go further by making sure that their garden is also a friendly place for wildlife. If you are one of them, read on, to pick up some tips that will help you to do that.

Beautiful blue and lilac wildflowers

Plant some wildflowers 

Giving over a section of your garden to wildflowers is a great idea. It does not even have to be a large area. You could buy some wildflower seed and scatter it at the bottom of your garden. Or, use them at the back of your flowerbed or sprinkle them over your lawn. How you do it really is up to you. But, it is a good idea to make sure that the area is a weed free as possible before sowing your wildflower seeds.

Squirrel feeding out of the palm of a hand

Make a small hole in your fence

Leaving a small hole at the bottom of one of the fence panels either side of your garden will make it easier for small mammals to move between gardens. This makes it far easier for them to forage and thrive. It also encourages the mixing of different populations, which prevents inbreeding. This makes each family group stronger from a genetic point of view.

Beautiful bird table in a garden

Put up a bird table 

Birds will flock to a bird table. Provided you put the right food out and keep it hygienically clean it will greatly benefit them. It is also important to put out drinking water. You could also set up a bird bath. Just remember to change the water regularly.

Garden with compost bin

Create a compost heap 

When creating a wildlife garden, it is important not to forget the smaller creatures. Insects need safe homes just as much as birds and mammals do. When the insect population thrives, the bigger animals who feed on them also do well. Setting up and maintaining a compost heap is a really easy way to support insects. It has the added benefit of creating great plant food and keeping your food waste out of landfill. 

If you do not fancy that idea, you could always create a bug hotel instead. You can easily set one up behind your shed or at the back of a flower bed.

Woman enjoying the plants in her garden

Choose a wide variety of plants 

The more varied the plants are in your garden the better it is for wildlife. Try to choose flowers that bloom at different times of the year. Doing so will provide you with year-round colour as well as food for your local insect population.

Beautiful garden full of different plants, trees and a pond

Set up a pond 

If you have enough room, money and time setting up a pond in your garden will greatly benefit your local wildlife. Ponds provide habitat for some of the creatures that are currently struggling to survive in the UK. 

As you can see creating wildlife-friendly gardens is not that hard and it need not be expensive. If you are short of time and money, do not worry. You can simply take the above list of projects and tackle one of them each year. In no time, you will have created a wonderful eco-friendly space for everyone to enjoy.

Creating a Wonderful Space for Wildlife in Your Garden

Do you have any other tips for creating a wonderful space for wildlife in your garden?
If so, let me know in the comments below.
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16 Comments

  1. 08/11/2018 / 6:32 pm

    What a difference it would make if everyone just made a little more effort for the nature surrounding us. will make a point of doing a bit more for sure.

  2. 08/11/2018 / 9:19 pm

    This post makes me really excited for having a garden next year! I can’t wait to plant wildflowers and have a bird table.

  3. 08/11/2018 / 9:22 pm

    These are some great tips – I absolutely love being able to invite wildlife into my garden but there is definitely more I could do to make it wildlife friendly.

  4. 09/11/2018 / 8:41 am

    I’d love to have a small pond when we have a garden, but I’d worry about it getting too dirty. Putting a small hole in the bottle of the fence for animals is such a good idea though x

  5. 09/11/2018 / 10:45 am

    Lovely ideas, we have been adding things into our garden to encourage wildlife in. I will add a few more of these ideas too

  6. 09/11/2018 / 11:00 am

    We have so many cats around here so I am too scared to put food out for the birds as I don’t want to encourage them. That squirrel photo is just amazing x

  7. 09/11/2018 / 6:31 pm

    We could definitely make our garden more wildlife friendly. Great tip about the hole in the fence, I would never have thought of that!

  8. 09/11/2018 / 9:21 pm

    I’m loving your pictures and your ideas. – very nice post. I do agree getting outdoors and doing things in the garden can be very rewarding and refreshing.

  9. 10/11/2018 / 12:57 pm

    I love this. At the end of the day, the land is the animals natural habitat, so making room for them is a must xx

  10. 10/11/2018 / 5:14 pm

    These are lovely ideas. I like the point about having a small hole in your fence and planting wild seeds.

  11. 11/11/2018 / 7:33 pm

    Such a beautiful post, lovely ideas. So important to encourage nature and wildlife, people often forget about these wonderful things.

  12. 12/11/2018 / 6:47 pm

    We have made a butterfly gardens in ours and the kids loved seeing which butterflies visited it

  13. 19/11/2018 / 11:07 am

    We need to do more of this. We do get wildlife, being where we live, but it would be nice to make them feel more welcome.
    Thanks for sharing

    #goinggreen

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