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Wildlife Friendly Garden

There are plenty of tips and tricks in creating a wildlife border, the most important things to consider are colour and scent.

Garden’s are vital for the UK’s wildlife survival, you can make a significant contribution to the conservation of wildlife, even if your garden is a little on the small side!

Start by identifying which plants are Wildlife Friendly; we recommend something nectar-rich and colourful for your beds and borders. Chrysanthemums, Echinacea and Bracteantha are the perfect bedding plants if you are aiming to attract butterflies and bees to your garden. If you want to add some height to your displays, why not add some beautiful Buddleia to your borders.

Buddleias come in a range of bright colours and will attract bees and butterflies into your garden.

If you have bare walls or fences, start to grow Honeysuckle or other Climbing Plants. These climbing plants will make nesting sites for birds and a refuge for insects.

If you have a large lawn, try and keep a long section of grass, this provides an excellent habitat for beetles and insects, which in turn feeds the butterflies and caterpillars. You can always give your lawn a natural look and add some colour by planting meadow flowers.

Bees are mostly drawn to mauve, purple and pink shades but also enjoy bright yellow and white blooms. Make sure your beds, borders and garden containers have varied plant heights as bees like a variety of landing levels.

The trick to encouraging butterflies into your garden is to provide a breeding ground for caterpillars.

Adult butterflies love Phlox, Lavender and Verbena. Caterpillars, unfortunately, don’t enjoy such attractive plants, nettles provide the perfect breeding ground for butterflies, so plant some in a container if you can.

Creating a pond in your garden will guarantee lots of water-loving wildlife in your garden throughout the year. A mini pond is perfect if you don't have space but want to attract a smaller variety of wildlife. Encouraging beneficial insects and predators of pests will, over time, help to bring balance to even the most urban of gardens. Frogs, for example, are extremely beneficial when it comes to keeping down slug and snail populations. They are attracted to any small amount of water, and you will often see them swimming in half-filled buckets or watering cans. It may take a few months for you to gain some regular visitors but it'll be worth the wait!

It’s important that we recognize insects and bugs as an important part of our gardens. The thought of getting up close to these weird and wonderful creatures may terrify you, but it’s important that we start to appreciate their micro world.

Plant a variety of long grass, colourful flowers, shrubs and trees to welcome as many insects as possible.

Don’t forget to join in with the annual Big Bird Watch and Big Butterfly Count each year; your counts are the first step to help aid species recovery.

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