Encouraging biodiversity is important for the health and well-being of the garden as a whole. While many people provide bird boxes and stock up their feeding tables, they may not realise that the plants in their garden are also a great source of food and shelter for all kinds of wildlife.
To help provide food and shelter leave seed heads on perennials such as sunflowers and teasels. When considering winter interest in the garden plant shrubs with berries for example holly and ivy, as they provide a good source of food for birds and small mammals and also encourage insects and invertebrates.
Dead wood is beneficial to vertebrates, fungi, birds and mammals, but take care when choosing which bit of wood to leave on trees or in the garden. Ensure branches are not liable to drop off or cause other harm to humans or plants.
Other tips for enhancing biodiversity include creating a compost heap that is a shelter over wintering mammals and insects. Always check you heap for wildlife before disturbing it.
Another thing people forget is to leave out water for wildlife during the winter months. In addition to bird boxes and feeding devices, it is also important to have hedgehog and bat boxes.
Our experts are happy to offer free advice to anyone keen to ensure their garden wildlife remains happy and well-fed, and this includes suggesting they keep an ‘untidy’ plot over winter.
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