Nature is all around us: bustling, beautiful, but sometimes vulnerable and in need of a little assistance along the way.
Here are some simple methods and suggestions of how we can give wildlife in our gardens that little helping hand it sometimes needs:
1. Install a pond or small water feature:
A fantastic way in which to encourage nature to venture into your garden is through the installation of a pond. Whilst it may not be financially or spatially possible for everyone, a pond can definitely prove to be a wonderful addition to your outdoor space.
A pond can provide a home for not only fish, but also a plethora of other creatures, including amphibians such as frogs, and insects including dragonflies and ponds skimmers.
The inclusion of plant life can also not only keep the water oxygenated, but can provide refuge for young creatures. Be sure to include plants such as water lilies to boost your ponds habitat.
Even if you don’t have the space to install a fully-fledged pond into your garden, even having a small water feature can help diversify the your outdoor space.
2. Build a bug hotel:
This one little bit of back yard real estate might seem like something small and trivial, but can prove to be a massive boost to the Eco system of your garden.
Bug hotels are typically man-made structures divided into several sections in order to house and cater for some of your insect friends. If you’re a little pressed space wise, fear not, as a bug hotel can be as small as a plant pot.
Environments or rooms filled with various homely items can make the perfect homes for bugs to thrive in, offering various terrain and habitats in each different section.
Fill the different compartments with either stones, twigs or bark. This can provide different types of housing for different creatures. Use chicken wire on the outside to prevent any of the structure from falling out.
For some insects, a bug hotel can prove to be an extremely welcome and crucial point of refuge.
Not only can the habitat you’ve constructed in your garden prove to be the perfect home for them, but also an absolutely crucial element determining their survival.
3. Grow flowers to increase your insect population:
Obviously flowers will brighten up any garden space, but to attract wildlife (particularly bees and butterflies), I would suggest getting yourself some wild flowers.
They can provide a wonderful and colourful haven for pollinators. Insects can help flowers to thrive and they move pollen in order to fertilise other flowers.
Some popular types of flowers among bees and butterflies are: Lavender, Buddleia, Perennial Wallflower and Verbena Bonariensis.
4. Put nesting boxes around your garden:
If you are a fan of bird watching, a perfect way to attract more birds into your back yard could be to install nesting boxes in safe areas.
Nesting boxes provide an ideal place for birds to raise their young safely and give you an opportunity to observe these wonderful feathered creatures.
If you are truly curious about what is going on within your nesting boxes, one way to keep in the loop is to install non- invasive small cameras within the boxes.
5. Add bird baths and bird tables to your outdoor space:
Birds also greatly benefit from the installation of bird baths, and bird tables. They both provide a safe space for birds to eat and drink, whilst also providing a place for differing breeds of birds to wash themselves.
You may not have a particularly green thumb or be talented at interior design for bug hotels, there are many ways in which you can get involved, without spending to much money or time. Many of the above suggestions can be created cheaply and would take no more than a couple of hours to make.
As is true with any craft or hobby, be sure that you have the correct tools to bring your plans to fruition, and always have help installing your features so that it can be done safely and securely.