Gardening to Promote and Help Wildlife
It doesn’t get much more relaxing than watching wildlife in your own garden. And these days, most people are aware of all that nature has to offer, and we spend more time than ever in our own outdoor space. Yet, wildlife is in decline all over the world. A prime example is the problem of the ever-declining bee population that has been falling for several years, and scientists aren’t exactly sure why.
In addition, animals such as hedgehogs and other woodland creatures are also declining because of the loss of habitat. Unfortunately, many habitats include the expansion of towns and cities and the growing need for more family homes due to an increasing population. But for any animal lover out there, there are many things you can do to promote the well-being of our furry friends and help them live a better life among us.
Install Creature Comforts
Of course, you can help creatures by making a cosy outdoor space for them that they will probably not want to leave once they get comfortable. For example, it is popular to install bird boxes that provide a safe space for birds to nest and raise their young without fear of being killed or hunted by man or natural predators.
Other creature comforts include hedgehog homes and bee hotels that allow them to live naturally and comfortably. You can easily promote the well-being of the animals without growing what they usually consume. Any necessary foods such as meaty or crunchy hedgehog food can be purchased from garden centres and outdoor living retailers such as Poplar Nurseries.
One of the easiest things you can do is not do anything. This is called Wilding. Essentially, all you have to do is dedicate a small area of your outdoor space and allow it to become overgrown without touching it. This means no pruning, no trimming, and no extra planting of any kind. This allows all of the natural resources in the area to grow as they would as if they were wild. Such as in a woodland area.
This promotes a natural home for any inhabitants that would typically take up residence in that space. This has become popular in rural areas, but there is no reason why you cannot do it in a suburb or city location. Provided you have the available outdoor space, of course.
Plant Necessary Foliage
If you have outdoor space, you can make your garden for any animal. They would naturally prefer to live among greenery and wooded areas as well as flowers and natural foliage. Gardening such as this is relatively simple. All you need to do is plant the correct type of foliage that attracts any animal you want to help.
For example, high pollen flowers such as lilac, lavender and wisteria are excellent for attracting a large bee population. You can also encourage and feed deer by planting what they like if you have the land available and live close to a deer population. Deer are attracted by such things as wheat, oats and brassica (cabbages).