Gardening for Wildlife

 

We are passionate about inspiring people to find imaginative and creative ways to welcome more wildlife to their garden.  Making space for wildlife in your garden does not have to be about leaving your garden to run riot and letting the nettles march across your flower borders. On the contrary, most of our nationally important sites for wildlife require some form of management in order to enable a wide variety of plants and animals to survive, and the more varied the habitat and structure the more wildlife it can support - this is also true of a garden designed to encourage wildlife.

If you aspire to have grounds which are a haven for wildlife, or perhaps to simply make a more wildlife friendly garden planting scheme, we can help in its design and creation. By incorporating a variety of features we can create a beautiful mosaic of habitats, which including borders packed full of nectar rich bee and butterfly magnets, flowering meadows, ponds and bog gardens, wooded areas and orchards.

Knowing the best time and the right way to carry out tasks in your garden is also key to a successful wildlife rich area – for example, clearing out a pond in a single operation particularly during the spring or summer breeding season for most wildlife will reduce their capacity for succession.  Another example is the cutting of a flower-rich meadow at least once during late summer, which is essential to suppress dominant grasses and to encourage natural seed dispersal.  Similarly, in your borders, leaving the stems and seed heads on selected plants can attract numerous birds to feed from them during autumn and winter, as well as providing overwintering sites for beneficial insects and larvae - and they make a spectacular feature when covered in frost or snow.

We will work closely with you, and sometimes with other experts, to suggest the best areas within your gardens to establish wildlife.  We will assess the suitability of the local soil type, aspect of the site and how it may be integrated into the wider countryside.   Many gardens can be planned in such a way so as to become wildlife corridors via which a more diverse range of species can be attracted to visit, breed and inhabit your garden. We will be able to advise you on the most appropriate management and timing and carry out the work required to create and maintain your wildlife-rich areas.

All of the photos below were taken by Angela in gardens that we maintain.

 

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