Gardens are a vital resource for wildlife and many programmes. including the BBC’s Springwatch, are encouraging viewers to make space – however small or large – for nature in their gardens.
Top wildlife garden ideas include:
- leaving lawns to grow long or mowing less frequently
- cutting hedgehog holes in your garden’s boundaries
- sowing native wildflower seeds to encourage bees and insects
- leaving patches of nettles to grow
- creating ponds or leaving out water dishes
- making leaf and log piles
- installing nest boxes and bug hotels made of natural materials
Best for Bees
Bees species are specialists and they each thrive on different plants to avoid competition. Aim to grow a good variety of bee-friendly pollen-rich flowers in your garden or outdoor space, with differing flower shapes and blooming periods. Wildflowers (such as bluebells and foxgloves) and lawn weeds (such as clover) are especially beneficial, with dandelions providing vital pollen early in the season.
Some trees and shrubs provide masses of flowers in winter and early spring, with wild cherry, willow and hazel offering essential food for bees early in the year.
Re-wilding your garden to some small degree – whether it’s by planting nectar-rich flower species or simply leaving out a dish of freshwater for hedgehogs – could help to halt the decline of the UK’s wildlife population.
A simple way to start is by preparing an area of ground and sowing wildflower seeds, which can be sown between March and May, and from mid-August to September. Suttons has a wonderful range of new and exclusive mixes choose from, which includes: Honey Bee Mix, Birds & Bees Mix, Butterfly Mix, Woodland Garden Mix and Winter Bird Feeding Mix.
Every garden that makes space for nature will help to form vital wildlife corridors, which enable insects, birds and mammals to travel further in search of food and shelter. To see what wildlife it taking up home in your garden, take a look at our fabulous outdoor filming kits!