If you don’t own a household pet, then don’t let it get you down. Go outside and explore the wildlife in your garden!
Our own back gardens can provide a wonderful living environment for some fascinating creatures, including creepy crawlies, frogs and toads, dragonflies and butterflies, and of course, wild birds.
Although, not all of these animals will want to live in your garden straight away. You’ll need to encourage them to come and visit by creating homes for them, leaving their favourite foods out, and keeping your garden as attractive as possible. Just think, if you were a robin, you wouldn’t want to live in a garden where there’s no food, or shelter, would you?!
In fact, by attracting new wildlife to your garden, you’ll be doing the whole environment a favour. By providing shelter, and choosing certain kinds of plants, you will encourage many creatures to your garden, and help them to survive. Even the smallest of changes you make can bring benefits for the animals to make it their home.
So, if you want to make friends with the local birds, hedgehogs and toads, whilst creating a better life for them, then why not start by trying out some of our DIY attractions? You can build your own bird feeder from an old yoghurt pot, or even build a pond out of a washing up bowl... good luck!
Build a log pile
A surefire way to attract hedgehogs is to create a tepee-shaped logpile for them to nest in. Just make sure you don’t light it if there is a hedgehog living there!
Leave dead wood out
Beetles, slugs and snails love feasting on decaying wood, so if you want to attract them to your garden it’s a great idea to leave some dead logs in a shady spot, and wait for the creepy crawlies to appear!
Plant some trees
Trees are so important in encouraging wildlife into your garden, as they are home to so many different animals and insects. If you don’t have any trees in your garden, it might be worth looking into planting one. If you do have trees, however, make sure they are well looked after, so that they make a very appealing home for potential visitors!
Build a pond
If your garden has a pond, you’re likely to find a whole host of amphibians and insects lurking close by. Toads, frogs, newts, dragonflies and pond skaters all like to call our common garden ponds their home, and ponds themselves can become a real hub of activity. Adding a pond is a simple way to attract lots of wildlife. It doesn’t have to be big either!
Invest in some bird boxes and feeders
Bird boxes and feeders are fantastic for enticing different birds into your garden. Make sure you fill them with food specifically for birds. Most ready-made mixes contain flaked maize, broken peanuts and sunflower seeds.
Or, you could make your own bird feeder...
1. Melt some lard at a low heat and mix together with a good quality bird seed.
2. Make a hole in the bottom of a yogurt pot and put string through it, tying the end into a knot so it stays attached to the pot.
3. Spoon the mixture into the yoghurt pot and let it cool in the fridge. Then hang it from a tree!