Top tips for a wildlife-friendly garden this summer

Top tips for a wildlife-friendly garden this summer

As summer is well underway, why not invite some little friends into the garden this month? Fun for all the family, these tips and tricks on how to welcome wildlife into your home will not only help preserve Britain's wildlife but also transform your garden for all of nature to enjoy this season.

A fantastic way for homeowners to invite wildlife into their garden is by opening up a bird café to attract all kinds of colourful feathered friends. You can do this easily by investing in a bird feeder or a roofed bird table and getting a mixture of seeds, fruits, nuts and oats to put in them. Different types of birds prefer different types of food, so if you're looking to have variety in your garden, be sure to pick up an assortment of bird food. Other than topping up the bird feed when it's empty and making sure you clean your feeders often, you can sit back, relax and enjoy your very own wildlife show in the comfort of your garden. 

Butterflies are one of the best things about the summer. Requiring sugary treats, homeowners can help them feast by putting mushy bananas in a sheltered, chest high place in their garden for them to enjoy. This top tip requires little effort and is perfect for homeowners looking to add an extra splash of colour to their new garden. As the mashed banana ferments, the stunning butterflies should pay you a visit and whilst they are enjoying their treat they can stay in your garden for hours on end.

More ambitious homeowners might want to try building a safe hideaway for bugs and creepy crawlies to live in. Build a stable structure out of a couple of old wooden pallets. Using plant pots, straw, old roof tiles, sticks and logs, you can provide many different holes, spaces, tunnels and cosy beds for all types of wildlife to climb into to keep them safe. 

Hedgehogs are no exception and by creating a hedgehog highway, making a safe 'corridor' in your fence for the little critters to move through, it's a great way to connect with your neighbours and give nature a home at the same time. The hole in the fence will help to protect the hedgehogs, which walk up to a mile a night, from other animals and help them find the perfect spot to hibernate.

When moving home everyone is busy but it is important to remember that the wildlife around us also need homes and these top tips are really fun and easy ways for everyone to get involved with that.

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