Top tips for making your garden wildlife friendly
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As the clocks go back this weekend, find out how you can open a bird cafe, make a butterfly banquet or create a hedgehog hideaway in your garden.
With the clocks going back this weekend, wildlife in North Devon is starting to think about hibernating.
While we can’t all snuggle up and sleep away the winter, there are plenty of things you can do to make your garden wildlife friendly.
Homebuilders Barratt Homes, who have built Riverside Park in Fremington, have teamed up with the RSPB to offer some tips on looking after wildlife.
1. Open up a own bird café
A fantastic way for new homeowners to invite wildlife into their garden is by opening up a bird café to attract all kinds of colourful feathered friends.
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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.
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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.
2. Make a butterfly banquet from your leftovers
Autumn butterflies like red admirals, painted ladies and comma butterflies require sugary treats every so often this season so 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 up 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.
3. Create a safe hideaway by building a wildlife hotel
As we move out of summer and the colder weather draws in for autumn, more ambitious homeowners might want to try building a safe hideaway for bugs and creepy crawlies to live in.
This can be done by gathering old materials such as wood and soil and crafting a small structure as a base for the hotel.
Then, the idea is to provide as many different holes, spaces, tunnels and cosy beds for all types of wildlife to climb into to keep them safe.
4. Support Remembrance Day and give bees a banquet by sowing a poppy patch
Here, new homeowners can show their support for Remembrance Day whilst giving bees a banquet and providing a dense cover for other creatures by sowing a poppy patch.
By having striking poppies in your new garden, not only will you impress your new neighbours with your attractive new display, but you’ll be providing a feeding ground for bees that’s sure to be popular with all wildlife around you.
The RSPB recommends sowing your seeds in either autumn or spring for the best results.
5. Create a hedgehog highway and connect with your neighbours
Autumn is a busy time of year for a lot of wildlife creatures as they prepare for the cooler months, and hedgehogs are no exception as they start planning for hibernation.
By creating a hedgehog highway and 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.
Are you going to try any of these ideas in your garden? Send us your pictures of your winter wildlife on our Facebook page!