How to Look After Garden Wildlife This Winter
It’s officially November and as the weather gets colder for us, it gets colder for the wildlife in your garden, too. Instead of leaving them to fend for themselves, give them a helping hand and make your garden a haven for the animals in your area. Here are a few tips on how to make sure they stay safe, warm, and well fed over the winter months so that they can keep gracing your garden with their presence all year long!
- Place fat blocks in wire cages – these are better than plastic ones as they stop birds like Woodpeckers from getting their tongues stuck.
- Although fat is important, make sure to put out nuts and seeds too so that they can get a balanced diet.
- Trees and shrubs are a great place for birds to nest and find shelter, as well as finding food in the species that produce berries.
- Add fruit-bearing plants like holly and juniper to your garden. Not only will they add a festive splash of colour, but the birds will get a tasty snack!
- Make sure you put water out in a bird bath or clear an area of ice on your pond – birds and other wildlife will thank you for the hydration station and a place to have a bath!
- Mammals like hedgehogs and dormice hibernate during the winter months in nests on the ground. Hedgehogs prefer piles of leaves, hiding under logs or hiding beneath sheds, but you can buy special hedgehog houses for them to live in should you want to.
- Make sure when turning your compost heap that you keep an eye out for guests like frogs, toads, and snakes. Compost heaps are usually warm, so they sometimes hide out here when it’s a bit chilly!
- Planting bushes or flowers that attract insects, like moths, will help to give the bats in your garden something to eat. Bats are responsible for ridding your garden of a lot of pests, so make sure they’re well looked after!
- Leave any healthy, herbaceous plants unpruned – they’re a brilliant place for overwintering insects to find shelter.