This weekend’s RSPB #homesfornature challenge sees us trying to create mini-habitats for birds, mammals and bugs.
In previous weeks we have made a wildlife pond, a hedgehog home, a beetle bucket as part of the #homesfornature campaign. We’ve made our own bird feeder to attract more birds into the garden too. This week we’ve been looking at the plants in the garden – how do we attract more nature into the garden?
We are lucky in the fact we have very mature trees behind our back fence, full of birds all year round. I love the spring time when you can hear the young calling out to their parents for food.
We installed an insect hotel earlier in the year, it seems to be very popular with spiders, hopefully we might get ladybirds checking in over winter.
We’ve been adding some more plants to the garden throughout the year to hopefully attract more visitors over the coming years. I’m really conscious that our bees are in decline and hope that our new lavender will attract the bees. We’ve planted a second Buddleia to attract more butterflies.
Hopefully over the coming months we’ll start to reap the rewards of our efforts this year – frogs (how I hope for frogs!!), more beetles, ladybirds and other bugs, hedgehogs, bees, and so on.
Now I know that snails are supposed to be a gardeners nightmare, but we, or should I say, my Monkey son, have a bit of a soft spot for snails. We go on snail hunts when we are out and about and he studies them in great detail in our garden.
We have Honeysuckle in a couple of spots in the garden and have added two different Clematis, which flower at different times , a Jasmine and a Passionflower – hopefully they will establish by next year to thrill the bees and give the birds some extra cover. We have Ivy climbing all over our back fence – the birds love it as they can pick berries in the winter and often hide within the many tendrils.
We’re doing our best to create mini-habitats for birds, mammals and bugs.