Summertime Tips for Looking After Your Garden Wildlife
Britain has had an unbelievable summer so far, with this year’s heatwave being the longest since the scorcher in 1976! We are all learning to bear up under this heat, but how is the wildlife in your garden surviving? Here are some tips to help care for your garden’s wildlife this summer...
Britain has had an unbelievable summer so far, with this year’s heatwave being the longest since the scorcher in 1976! We are all learning to bear up under this heat, but how is the wildlife in your garden surviving? Here are some tips to help care for your garden’s wildlife this summer –
- Keep bird baths topped up
Birds need to drink and clean themselves wherever they can and this is even more important during these hot days. Keep your bird bath topped up with fresh, clean water.
- Create a pond
Ponds are an integral way of keeping your garden wildlife happy and healthy. Keep ponds topped up with clean water, this provides enough oxygen to fish and other wildlife. Weed your pond, but leave the weeds on the side overnight, so any trapped creatures can make their way back into the pond. Pond dipping with children is great fun and you can find a whole host of creatures including water beetles, dragonfly nymphs and aquatic snails.
- Think of the bees
Even though they are small, bees play a vital part in our eco-system, they are key pollinators and help us greatly in our food production as well as providing us with delicious honey. So we need to encourage them into our gardens. During hot days we can offer bees somewhere to quench their thirst, with shallow dishes of water filled with pebbles.
- Use ivy
Ivy is a useful climbing plant for everyone’s garden. It can be very helpful for the wildlife in your garden. It can provide food and shelter for birds and bats, and it can be a home for hibernating insects.
- Supplementary food
In the dry weather, worms tunnel much deeper into the soil, making it harder for wildlife, like birds, frogs & hedgehogs, who feast on them. If you can provide any additional food, it will really help out these animals. Recommended foods are – sunflower seeds, mild grated cheese, and of course, bird seed. But do not use any salts, as these are toxic to birds.
- Taking care of gardens and allotments
Well-watered and maintained gardens and allotments are a lifeline for bees and butterflies. In the hot weather many wild plants start to die and our gardens and well-watered plants become even more important for the survival of these insects. Log or stone piles encourage creatures to live in them for their damp & shady conditions. Nest boxes are also perfect shady shelters to keep birds cool.
Our Midgley centre stocks a range of loose & ready packed bird foods, along with feeders & nest boxes.
We hope these handy tips help keep your garden or allotment a happy haven for many insects & animals!
Posted by Earnshaws on 16-Jul-2018