ad | We are incredibly lucky to have an abundance of wildlife here in the UK that we can see in our very own gardens. From squirrels, hedgehogs, foxes, butterflies, bees, and an array of insects and birds, there’s beautiful wildlife wherever we look!
But sadly, there are also habitat issues that threaten some of our wildlife. Which leaves it up to us to help in any way we can. We certainly shouldn’t take these sweet creatures for granted.
In our garden at the moment, we have SO much wildlife that comes around every day because we feed them and provide them with a place to come.
Pigeons, a squirrel that takes nuts out of our hands and a fox that likes to sunbathe in the middle of the garden – it’s really beautiful and lovely to see.
I’m also moving to the countryside soon, so I will expect to see even more wildlife there and I will definitely be taking some of these pointers on board, so I can look after them better.
If you want some tips and ideas on how to take care of the wildlife in your garden already or attract NEW wildlife into your garden, here are some super easy things to consider!
7 Ways To Take Care of the Wildlife in Your Garden:
Learn what’s suitable for the wildlife to eat
If you want to feed the wildlife in your garden, that’s great! But just like with any other animal, you need to know what’s suitable and healthier for them to eat so you don’t do any harm.
For example, avocado and fruit pips are toxic for squirrels and anything high-sugar or high-starch should be avoided as well as it holds no nutritional value for them.
Have food available for the birds
Feeding birds in your garden is one of the easiest ways to take care of the wildlife and having a food source topped up for birds regularly can be a great help for them – as well as bringing more birds to your garden!
Adding a bird box and feeders around your garden is an easy way to help birds to thrive and it’s easy to find bird food to buy in your local supermarket or online by finding a reputable company where you can buy pigeon food.
Avoid using dangerous or poisonous products
This is an obvious one but one that needs to be on this list, nonetheless and that’s avoiding using dangerous or poisonous products around your garden.
Think along the lines of weed killer or slug repellent – you don’t want to be harming the wildlife and you don’t know what effects these products would have on animals if they were to accidentally ingest some.
Plant flowers that attract bees
Bees have around 40 minutes of flying time before they need to land on another flower for pollen, so planting bee-friendly plants in your garden is a great way to help the wildlife!
Bees are a vital part of our eco-system, so we definitely should be doing all we can to ensure they can live comfortably in our gardens.
Reduce the amount your mow your lawn
Your lawn is a great place for insects and wildlife to thrive, so it’s worth thinking about how much you mow your lawn and cutting down the amount if you can.
Or you can also keep a small section of your garden overgrown, to help with the wildlife and give them a safe space to find shelter.
Leave a small gap in your fence
Although you might not see them all the time, there are hedgehogs and frogs that like to make their way around people’s gardens, so a small gap in your fence is a super easy way to ensure they can move freely.
Add a water source
A water source for animals is a great and super easy thing you can introduce into your garden. If you can build a small pond, then that’s an excellent habitat for wildlife.
However a pond isn’t always possible, so adding water sources throughout your garden is the next best thing. Adding shallow dishes of fresh and clean water for the birds is another idea – just make sure you refill it regularly!