The expression in your own backyard is literally
how close many of us will get to witnessing the wonders of
nature. No matter what the size or shape of your garden, it
can attract a wide variety of wild plants and animals.
Your garden, like it or not, is home to an astonishing variety
of creatures that spend 24 hours a day eating plants and each
other, mostly without being noticed. Studies have shown that
up to 2000 species of insects alone can be found in gardens,
even in gardens not managed for wildlife.
The food chain begins with plants and the wider the range
of plants you grow the wider the variety of insects you will
attract. Keep an eye out for Bumblebees, Hover flies, and
Butterflies that feed off the nectar of flowering plants or
Ladybirds and their larvae feeding on aphids.
With more insects in your garden, the birds will literally
flock in to feed on them. Keep an eye out for Robins, Blackbirds,
Sparrows, Wrens, Thrushes, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Chaffinches
and of course Magpies. Blackbirds and Thrushes are good to
have around in your garden as they eat your gardenplant-eating
slugs and snails. If you dont have much tree cover you
could try hanging up some bird-boxes, which might encourage
the birds to stay a little longer. In wintertime, you can
put up some birdfeeders with peanuts and seeds near your window,
so that you can enjoy these birds from the comfort of your
Ponds are another magnet for wildlife, attracting frogs, newts,
dragonflies and many other insects. In spring, keep an eye
out for frog spawn and tadpoles, while later in the summer
you can see the dragonflies and damselflies hovering above
the water to lay their eggs.
If you have a pile of rotten tree logs or have some neglected
corners in your garden, you may even get a hedgehog or fox
in your garden.
Want to do some more for wildlife in your garden? Then get
involved in making your garden more attractive to wildlife.
Check out the publications page of this website for more information
on how to make your garden more attractive to wildlife.