Wildlife gardening works on the concept of balancing nature. The idea is to make your garden attractive to both Flora and fauna like birds, insects, frogs, hedgehogs, butterflies, and native wildflowers, plants and trees. Wildlife gardening creates a space for native wildlife and turning it suitable for their survival.
Wildlife garden is a new age concept. It has evolved in the past few decades, emphasizing on environment that is attractive to all forms of wildlife such as birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, mammals. The habitats maybe deliberately created by the gardener, it was also worked around the existing natural resources with minimum maintenance and intervention. Organic gardeners have embraced the philosophy of wildlife gardening, and have incorporated some aspects to their own plots. A biological pest control, add value in promoting biodiversity while benefitting the wider environment.
Wildlife garden is designed with layout, materials chosen, garden plants for wildlife as the priority. The design centre’s around the type of plants to choose which attract wildlife and provides food and nesting materials for birds, insects, bees and butterflies. Create a wildlife garden in a town or countryside. Wildlife habitats can also be made on balconies and roof gardens.
Ivy attracts wildlife, encourage it to produce flowering stems. Pull out the shoots, let the hang free. Butterflies and peacock are attracted to flowers to feed on nectar. These creatures hibernate in the ivy, through winter. Flowers produce berries which act as food supply in the winter for birds. Birds like Dunnocks, chaffinches and blackbirds find these gardens ideal to build nest amongst the intertwining stems. They become a haven for these birds with undisturbed places from autumn onwards.