Posted on May 23, 2014 by Potter & Rest
Even if you just have a small patio you can create a wildlife haven on your doorstep with a little careful planning. Here are our suggestions on how to go wild in your outdoor space this year...
- Select native plants that provide flowers and fruits in different seasons, as they will provide food all year round.
- If you’re short on space use climbers such as ivy and clematis – they provide places for birds to nest and butterflies to rest.
- Rather than creating fences to divide off areas, plant native hedges – they provide perfect shelters for birds and small mammals.
Build a bug resort
- Plant pollen rich plants such as buddleia, lavender and sedums
- Butterflies aren’t keen on the shade so plant in a sunny spot
- Build a log pile or a bug hotel – the former will provide a home for slow worms and field mice.
Let it grow...
- Leave areas of lawn uncut – long grass is great for insects.
- Plant a wildflower meadow.
- Don’t pull up your nettles as they attract butterflies.
Mammals matter too
- Plant fruiting plants and trees as windfall helps feed mice and hedgehogs.
- Plant hazel to help encourage dormice who love to create homes in them.
- Get bat boxes or create places where they can make their own homes in holes in trees on buildings.