Spring is here and Britain is bursting with wildlife but many people find themselves struggling to attract desired visitors to their garden. These 4 tips will give you a helping hand.
Food for Thought
The cheapest way to attract any desired wildlife to your garden is to leave them food; this can be as simple as leaving any leftovers out in the garden or hanging feeders for birds. This will attract several different types of wildlife to your garden depending on what kind of food you leave out. If you leave leftover meat in your garden it will most likely attract foxes, although there will probably be a lot of feline visitors too. Fruit, vegetables and nuts can attract badgers and hedgehogs as well as a reasonable selection of larger wild birds such as woodpigeons. Bear in mind that if you leave any of these scraps out in your gardens and own a dog, then the main animal likely to eat all of the offerings you leave out is likely to be your trusty canine.
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Another good way to attract wildlife into your garden is by setting aside an area and creating a compost heap. This will attract many insects that relish eating vegetables and grass as well as decomposing plants; it will also leave you with a naturally occurring fertiliser to use around your garden. In turn the increase of creepy crawlies such as slugs, snails, woodlice and worms will attract their natural predators. Most of these predators are wild birds such as blackbirds and robins although if there are plenty of crawling insects and bugs there will be an increased chance of hedgehog visitors to your garden.
Flora & Fauna
To increase the variety of visiting insects in your garden and especially the prettier ones, it is important to create a desirable natural habitat for them. A good way to do this is with a wide variety of flowers and plants that will not only attract more wildlife but will also leave you with a very attractive garden as long as it's kept maintained. This is easier than it would seem because an unregimented garden that has a slightly overgrown feel to it is much more likely to attract a wide range of creatures than a pristine ‘show' garden, most British wildlife is used to woodland after all.
One sure fire way to expand the amount of life in your garden is the simple act of installing a pond, although this isn't the cheapest way to expand your garden's inhabitants it is extremely effective. Ponds don't only encourage pond-life such as frogs, toads, newts and dragonflies; they can create their own mini ecosystem that will positively affect the rest of your garden by providing more food for birds and other predators and exponentially increase the overall population of garden visitors you receive. In the same vein as with flora & fauna, the best style for a pond focussed on attracting wildlife is that of a slightly unkempt one, this will make the pond seem more like it's a naturally occurring one and is likely to be treated as such by local wildlife.