How to create a wildlife garden this summer

Wondering how you can attract wildlife to your garden this summer? Read on...

Spring is here and wildlife has emerged from winter hibernation. Now is the perfect time to get your garden ready for summer!

Gardens can provide vital refuges and valuable havens for wildlife, and creating a more wildlife-friendly garden isn’t difficult. More than 80% of UK households have access to a garden and, no matter how tiny, any garden can be made to help support wildlife.

Here are some suggestions of simple things you can do to nurture nature this summer:

Build a pond

Make your own mini-wetland! A wildlife pond is one of the single best features for attracting new wildlife to the garden. Apart from the creatures that may come to live in it, others may find it to feed, drink, bathe and breed.
Find out how to build a pond

Please the pollinators

When many insect pollinators are emerging from winter hibernation they need access to energy resources (nectar) pretty quickly. Examples of good plants to grow in your garden include goat and grey willows, pussy willow, dandelion, blackthorn, hawthorn and some of the fruit trees like apples, pear and plums. Garden plants include aubretia, wallflower, heathers, crocuses, primroses and flowering currants (Ribes).
Find out more about attracting pollinators

Install a nest box for birds

With fewer trees and hollows for birds to nest in, garden boxes can provide vital spaces for birds to raise their new families. It's easy to make and install a box for birds to raise their fledglings in your garden, and it's a wonderful sight to see!
Find out how to build and install a nest box in your garden

Start a compost heap

Compost is good for your garden, reduces landfill and makes it easy to dispose of your kitchen and garden waste. But a compost heap will also attract worms, insects, birds and other insect and slug predators such as hedgehogs. You might even find a common newt sheltering there.
Find out more about composting