Wildlife Friendly Garden Advice

Wildlife friendly gardening is all about making a haven for wildlife as well as for you. Whether your garden is large or small, you can create and enjoy a truly natural outdoor space, where plants and animals can make their home.

A few simple changes in your garden can make a big difference and you can earn yourself an award too!

If you're doing your bit for wildlife in your garden, tell us what's in your garden and apply for the 'My Wildlife Friendly Garden' Award Pack.  Apply online and donate £10, £15 or your own amount and you'll receive your award in the post.

What's in 'My Wildlife Friendly Garden' award pack?

  • My Wildlife Friendly Garden plaque
  • My Wildlife Friendly Garden certificate
  • The Wildlife Trusts' gardening booklet
  • Garden wildlife spotter's card

If you prefer to apply by post please download the "My Wildlife Friendly Garden" award leaflet below and post your application to us. 

Find out how wildlife is good for your garden...........

The Pollinators

When you plant nectar-rich flowers in your garden, you will be providing vital food for beautiful butterflies, bees and hoverflies.  These pollinators are the very reason your plants flower year on year, your strawberries grow into tasty fruit and seeds are developed for you to collect and re-distribute.

Natural Pest Control

The simple answer to an aphid infestation is not to use pesticide but to encourage an army of living predators.  Ladybirds can munch through thousands of aphids during their adult life and their larvae eat aphids too. Ground beetles are a gardener's friend; they feed on grubs, slugs and snails.  Birds take garden pests to feed their young, and frogs and toads can keep slugs to a minimum.

The Waste Disposal Team

Known as detritivores, many creatures such as wood lice, some slugs, worms and myriad microscopic organisms feed on dead and decaying leaves and wood, recycling nutrients by helping dead plant material return to the soil which in turn feeds living plants.  If you have a compost heap or bin, detritivores will soon colonise it and set to work making great compost for your garden.

Find out more about how to garden for wildlife?  

We have produced a number of advice sheets to help you bring the wild into your garden.  Feel free to print these out and share with your friends and neighbours.

 

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