Why do we need to garden for wildlife?
Over the last 50 years the countryside has changed dramatically. The destruction of ancient woodlands, meadows and wetlands have left many species without safe homes and food sources.
Whilst individual gardens might be small, together they form a patchwork that link urban green spaces to the wider countryside and nature reserves. This then provides an essential wildlife highway allowing animals, insects and plants to move across Gloucestershire in response to the changing landscape and climate.
How you can help
By gardening for wildlife you will be making your garden a place that wildlife can rely on to provide the food and shelter they need to survive, especially in those winter months.
There are many small changes that you can make that make a big difference to your wild visitors, why not:
- Put up a bird nesting box in a secluded place, out of the reach of predators like cats.
- Leave a 'wild' area that you don't tidy or trim too often.
- Install a small pond.
- Sow a wildflower area.
- Use fewer chemicals.
- Make your own compost.
- Grow your own fruit and vegetables.
Which plants are best for wildlife?
Take a look at our wildlife friendly plants fact sheet below to discover which plants encourage certain types of wildlife and can benefit them.
Here are some local stockists.
|Wildlife Friendly Plants||16.48 KB|
|How to encourage birds||427.38 KB|
|How to encourage Amphibians||1.19 MB|
|Roadside Verges||139.58 KB|
|Churchyards & Cemeteries||492.94 KB|
|Basically boxes part 1||435.42 KB|
|Butterfly Gardening||1.98 MB|
|Creature Features||1.36 MB|
|Cunning Containers||1.13 MB|
|Feeding Garden Birds||1019.74 KB|
|Furry Furniture||954.85 KB|
|Garden Bumblebees||363.44 KB|
|Hedges for Wildlife||998.18 KB|
|Making Compost||976.29 KB|
|Organic Gardening||880.64 KB|
|Pest or Guest||916 KB|
|Snail and Slug Control||941.87 KB|
|Trees and shade plants||1.26 MB|
|Wildflower Meadows||1.63 MB|
|Wildlife Pond Pack||5.43 MB|
|Living Gardens Planting for Wildlife||2.1 MB|