If you have just returned from a blissful experience at one of our glamping UK locations and were taken aback by the abundance of wildlife that helped to make the experience special, then we can help you recreate that in your own garden. Obviously, nothing compares to a glamping holiday, but creating a haven for UK wildlife in your own garden will not only help the wildlife thrive but will also help with the fond memories of your last luxury camping break.
If this is something that sounds appealing to you, follow these tips to create a thriving wildlife garden at home, and as the famous saying goes “If you build it, they will come”!
Keep it curvy
Straight lines may appeal to those who find them aesthetically pleasing, but if you want to create little suntraps for the sun-worshipping plants and creatures residing in your flowerbed, you should look to shaping your borders so as to capitalise on any sunlight exposure.
Hedge your bets
If you have an old fence erected in the garden and you’re thinking of replacing it, then switch things up and plant a hedge in its place. Think about getting your hands on one that offers a variety of species, preferably native varieties, as this is the best option for wildlife.
Wellness walls and fancy fences
Not everybody had the luxury of a large open space in the garden, but that doesn’t have to hold you back, we’ve got you covered. You can use all the dimensions of the garden space you do have to make it wildlife-friendly. Try fixing a trellis to a wall so that you can grow a variety of climbing plants that will absolutely love writhing their way up the newly-installed trellis. Think of planting a honeysuckle, for example. These types of features help to add interest to the garden, both visually and for the wildlife who will enjoy it and benefit from it.
Although they look untidy, if you allow a plot of space for a section of rough grass you can help local wildlife to flourish. Do you have a tricky bit of grass to cut? That’s ideal, because you can just let it do its thing and the wildlife will love it! Allow it to grow over the summer months and then give it some attention at the end of the season with some sizing-down. By doing this you’re creating a wonderful little habitat for lots of insects, beetles, moths and grasshoppers for example, not forgetting those fresh-faced frogs too!
Yes to trees
If you are fortunate enough to have a garden that can cater for a tree, then go ahead and plant one, if you haven’t already! It’s a sure-fire way to get birds to chirp and sing like you’re in a Disney movie from the tree in your garden. What’s more, if you choose native trees, they will support a vast range of insects as well, and this will help to keep the larger animals and birds fed at the same time.
Are you the sort of creative, green-fingered person to go to town on your garden designs? Great! The more variety there is in the design and makeup of your garden, the more impressive the plethora of visiting and resident wildlife, will be. Consider varying heights as an example as this will appeal to different species who pay you a visit.
Install a water feature and you’re not just giving yourself a visual focal point in the garden as well as a soothing sound of water trickling away, you’ll be getting an alluring feature that will introduce greater varieties of wildlife to your garden.
Try to source the water via rainwater collection so that you are responsible with your sourcing. You can put in a little pond or large bird bath, which can become top notch breeding grounds for amphibians, particularly if you don’t fill the pond with a large amount fish. The bird baths will attract a host of different birds who will frequently come by to spruce themselves up and they may even pick up the odd creepy crawly or two while they are there!
By recycling any organic leftovers, you have from prepping food, or using food that is out of date, you utilise a compost pile. The benefits are plentiful, including well-nourished and fertile soil, creating a haven for insects and small animals such as hedgehogs, who will take residence in your compost heap. A nice compost collection also provides an enticing feeding ground for beetles and birds.