It’s fun to see what wildlife enters your garden and it is something kids also will love to see. We have created some hints and tips to help attract wildlife to your gardens this autumn.
Compost heaps are a great way to turn your garden and kitchen waste into nutrients for your garden. If you don’t already have a compost heap, you can make one yourself or you can buy a compost bin to put in your garden. When building a compost heap in your garden, be sure to ensure that the base of the heap is in contact with the soil to allow the wildlife to get in and out.
They will attract creatures like slugs, snails, woodlice, and worms to eat the decaying materials. You could also find some bigger creatures, such as hedgehogs, toads, and birds are attracted to it as well.
Provide Food and Water for Birds
Garden birds are very easy wildlife to attract to your garden. Birds can struggle to find food for their families over the winter periods due to the hard soils and ice, so providing easy to access food and water for the birds will bring them into your garden. You can buy bird feeders and food but there are also so many DIY bird feeder ideas that you could try. You can read about some of our favourites here.
Make a Hedgehog Hibernacula
In autumn, hedgehogs are looking for a place to get comfortable in for the winter months. Making a hibernacula can be super easy and you can create one yourself. Simply gather some logs and create a log pile in your garden. The other alternative is to buy a wooden box, fill it out with newspaper and dry bedding and leave it in your garden undisturbed during autumn and winter.
There are a couple of tips to start to help you to implement ideas to attract various types of wildlife this autumn. One main factor is where you live and what wildlife is in the surrounding areas, however, these 3 ideas will give you a good starting point. Once you have put some ideas in place, it’s time to sit back and relax and watch the creatures in your garden. In the meantime, have a read of our blog post about how to protect your garden appliances during the colder months.