If your garden is a haven for wildlife and you’d like to support it to continue throughout the colder months, here’s our tips that you can do whether you have a large or small garden or even just a balcony.
- Put out extra food
This will particularly benefit birds. In winter, it is advised to put out food with a high fat content to help birds keep warm as well as a grain mix or nuts to help maintain a balanced diet.
If you get birds such as woodpeckers in your garden, it is suggested to use flat blocks in wire cages so they can access it easily without getting caught up in plastic netting. There are some great DIY ideas online.
Planting shrubs and bushes with berries is an easy way to make sure there is plenty for the birds to graze on without much ongoing input from you.
Wintertime is often a chance to tidy up the garden. If you’re planning to burn any materials, please remember to check before lighting for animals who may be using it as shelter.
- When turning compost heaps, be mindful of any creatures such as frogs and toads who may be using it to keep warm. Ideally, if you can leave it until hibernation season is over, usually around April, even better!
- Provide a shallow container of water at ground level for any wildlife that may need access to water.
- Build shelter, Anything from bird boxes, to hedgehog homes. Make cosy shelters where the wildlife isn’t going to be disturbed. You can make a simple hedgehog home by collecting fallen leaves and making a pile somewhere quite for example.
If you’re going to help the wildlife throughout the winter, the key is consistency. By doing it often, wildlife will know they can get what they need from you and instead of wasting energy hunting, they’ll know exactly where to come.