I frequently Blog about how important our garden is as a ‘sanctuary’ for me. No matter what season or time of year, there is always something of interest to observe, even in a small cottage garden as ours is. I am a great believer that connecting with nature is incredibly important, and helpful, for overall well-being; physical and mental health.
We decided to focus on creating a garden that would have increasing benefits for wildlife, as it develops over time. Each year, we see more and more forms of wildlife coming into our garden either to live or to feed. It need not be complicated to create and it need not require a great deal of maintenance.
Bees and other insects thrive on flowers that entice them into the garden.
Even a garden tabletop offers space for plants that attract the Bees and Hover Flies in for their delicious nectar. This makes even the smallest garden a place that is possible for nature to be attracted in.
Planting hedgerows and thick shrubs and ferns offers ideal habitat for insects, amphibians, small mammals and small birds. We have many Robins and Wrens in our hedges, for example and the insects and slugs are a great attraction for Hedgehogs, which regularly visit our garden. We have a couple of 13 inch x 13 inch holes in our fence, behind the hedge, to allow Hedgehogs in. These endangered Hedgehogs need access to gardens and they do the wonderful job of eating the slugs that would otherwise munch on our flowers and plants.
Here are some of the wildlife that we now see regularly in our garden:
It is simple to achieve. Plan dense shrubs, hedgerows that would grow naturally in your local landscape and nectar rich flowers. Leave a 13 inch x 13 inch hole in at least one fence panel, to allow Hedgehogs access, add bird-boxes where possible, plant even just one small tree to add extra coverage and perches for birds and put a small pile of rocks and/or logs in a corner of your garden to offer habitat for insects, which many birds and small mammals will eat.
Then, sit at your garden table and enjoy watching. Try to ensure that you have plants that change in some way in each of the seasons so that there will always be an area in your garden to observe flowers, blossom and colourful leaf changes. If you have a small garden space; simply having a few pots, window boxes, hanging baskets and even pots on your table will attract wildlife in.