How to Get More Wildlife in Your Garden
We all live in a beautiful country area whether in a village or open countryside. So there is plenty of wildlife around us. So what can we do to encourage wildlife into our gardens so that we can see it?
The birds are the easiest. A bird table and a bird bath are a good start. Watching a little bird having a bath is one of the most comical things. Even simply hanging a bag of peanuts on a tree gets good results. We started filling a bird feeder with mixed bird seed and got a much greater variety of bird species than just with peanuts. You could try a few nest boxes, but put them where you can see them then you get a return on your investment.
The plants you grow in your garden can make a big difference to the wildlife you get. Anything with fruit, seeds, berries or nuts always help. I like to watch the squirrels going up and down the beech trees eating the nuts. The shells they throw away unopened are always empty. The never make a mistake, but then again I never throw away an empty bottle.
Then there are the flowers for the butterflies and bees. Buddleia is the classic plant for butterflies, but any flower will do, preferably native.
Wildlife in general does not seem too keen on carefully manicured gardens, they seem to prefer the more untidy areas. This can provide a classic excuse for that rough area round the back of the old shed that you canít get round to tidying up: ĒOh thatís our wildlife conservation area. Itís meant to look like that.Ē
Then there are the undesirables such as wasps and rabbits. Have you ever tried to follow a wasp back to its nest to get rid of them? I heard about it on the radio, but when I tried it I discovered a problem. You guessed? Yes. I canít fly.
The only way I know to stop rabbits is to chicken wire right round the garden with the bottom buried in the ground. If you leave the smallest gap they find it so I just live with them and they give the terrier something to chase.
What about the Moles? I quite like the idea of a velvet jacketed gentleman tunnelling under my garden, with the added bonus of some nicely worked soil piled up ready for me to use in compost.
Have I been reading too much Beatrix Potter?
Don Morgan Morgans Nursery
Stonehouse Lane, Bulkeley
Nr. Malpas, Cheshire, SY14 8BQ
Tel. 01829 720514
Web Site: www.hedgeit.co.uk