Wildlife in the Garden

Posted by on Mar 12, 2016 in Hertfordshire, Insects, Places to visit | 0 comments

We are often asked about how to attract wildlife into your gardens, be it birds to watch – having taken part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, I know how interesting this can be – or to encourage beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies.

Having climbing plants in the garden is a great opportunity for wildlife, particularly for birds to roost and nest. You can plant climbers up

any vertical space like a wall or fence, even a structure like a pergola. If you chose a climber with flowers, i.e. clematis or rose, you will also attract bees.

With planning in your garden, you can have a flower available to wildlife every day of the year, throughout spring,summer, autumn and winter. Don’t forget it is also a good idea to leave some water for all wildlife, be it a bird bath or just a saucer – they need to drink to stay alive, just like us!

Planting in the spring, will allow the plants to get established this year and you, together with the wildlife, will see the benefits much sooner.

Should you have space for a hedge, again wildlife will benefit from this.
Letchworth residents can apply for a grant to improve their front gardens and, for example, remove a brick wall and replace with a native hedge.

See their website for more information: http://www.letchworth.com/heritage-grants

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