Calling Nature! Simple Methods of Attracting Wildlife in Your Garden
There is something magical about seeing animals in your own backyard. And there are plenty of ways that you can encourage them to take up residence in your garden which we are going to discuss in more detail in this article. So, let’s focus on just a few of the ways that you can convince the local wildlife that your garden is the perfect place to move to (or at least spend some of their time!)
Plant a Tree
There are plenty of trees that will help to attract birds and insects. A conifer or yew are good options if you are looking for smaller trees, and elm or ash if you would like something a little larger. Trees also give shelter and a place to nest for squirrels and even bats. If you have plenty of room in your garden, you could plant a few trees next to one another to create a woodland habitat in your very own garden.
Grow a Hedge
Another alternative is to grow a hedge that provides some additional nesting areas for birds and all kinds of small animals. There are plenty of hedge plants that would be suitable including elder, hawthorn and hazel. You can offer even more for wildlife with some climbers and creepers.
Put Up a Bird Table and Bath
A bird table offers a handy feeding perch away from predators, while a birdbath gives your feathered friends a place to drink and wash. There are plenty of options out there including tall bird baths if you find that these suit your garden. During the winter months, you can prevent your birdbath from freezing over by pouring some boiling water over it. And if you have a cat, put a bell on its collar to stop your birdbath from becoming a bloodbath!
Create a Water Feature or Pond
If you are looking to diversify the ecosystem of your garden and also give aquatic creatures a place to live, installing a water feature or pond is the way to go. As well as providing a home for fish and frogs, you are also helping to attract beautiful insects like dragonflies. Add in some plants like water lilies and broadleaf pondweed to ensure that you have a diverse environment for all kinds of wildlife.
Put Up Nesting Boxes
The final piece of advice that we are going to offer is to put up some nesting boxes which will encourage birds to breed in your garden. Each type of bird favours a different box, so choose the ones according to the types that you would like to encourage. Choose a location which provides maximum shelter from the elements and install them before spring so that you don’t disrupt the breeding season.
As you can see, attracting wildlife into your garden can be done in a straightforward way, so use the techniques that are in this article to make your garden a haven of nature.