Butterflies, songbirds and hedgehogs are just some of the creatures in steep decline in the UK. But as a gardener, you can help by doing your bit to protect our native wildlife.
Here we bring you nine of the best wildlife gardening blogs we’ve found. A combination of inspiration and knowhow to help you make your patch more nature friendly.
Ever thought of planting a ‘fedge’ – a cross between a fence and a hedge? What a great way to combine the sturdiness of a fence with the wildlife-promoting properties of a hedge. Blogger Rachel the Gardener will show you how to go about it.
A full time gardener, garden consultant, plant seller, canal worker and more, Rachel’s your go-to source for quality information about all aspects of wildlife gardening.
You really must check out the pictures and videos of the Tawny Owl chicks in wildlife expert, teacher and consultant Kate’s garden. Her ‘nest cam’ is a match for anything you’ll see on Springwatch.
Kate’s always been passionate about wildlife; she even had nest boxes outside her student digs. This blog is full of awesome wildlife camera work, as well as practical tips to help you re-wild your garden.
Never mind flowers, robins say it with gifts of worms. Miranda, aka, the Entwife thought their garden dweller was a confirmed bachelor but, for the first time in four years, it looks as though her ‘Philosophy robin’ has found a mate.
A great resource for gardeners with a wildlife-friendly bent, the Entwife offers excellent advice and beautiful pics on everything from renovating a climbing cherry, to bee-keeping.
Are you doing all you can to look after our hedgehogs? Find out how to encourage this helpful garden visitor to make itself at home on your plot with advice from the guys at the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.
Since 2000, we’ve lost half our rural and a third of urban hedgehogs. Simple practises like leaving a hole in the garden fence, moving piles of leaves before burning, and checking for hedgehogs before strimming all help.
Check out the beautiful pics of orange tips and bluebells, and other spring visitors, to plant ecologist, and wildlife writer, Jenny’s two-acre wilderness garden. It’s so inspiring to see the wealth and diversity of life this blogger brings to her garden.
Packed with tips and info to help you encourage wildlife, this blog is well worth a look. Put the work in and perhaps, like Jenny, you’ll be lucky enough to play host to some little wood mice.
“I thought it would be nice to have wildlife all around me instead of having to find time to go into the countryside to see it”, blogger Mike says. That’s why he decided to turn his 40’ x 30’ garden into a refuge for wildlife.
And boy does Mike’s garden attract the wildlife. His blog is a great place to look if you want to do the same. Who knew how much wildlife, a few feet of wildlife wall could provide a home for? Let Mike show you how to build yours.
Spotted an unusual looking butterfly? Butterfly Conservation will help you identify it. In fact, you’ll find everything you need to know about our fluttery friends here, including how to get involved in the campaign to save them.
Encouraging butterflies and moths to your garden can be as simple as letting a patch of grass grow long. We all need to do our bit to help butterflies, because we’ve lost a quarter of our most widespread species in the last 40 years alone. Let’s all do our bit.
One viewing of blogger Sarah’s ‘before and after’ video of her garden shows just how much one gardener can do to benefit local wildlife. Ever thought of installing a wildlife pond? Sarah’s new addition will be a home for newts, frogs and dragonflies!
Wildlife gardener, and budding photographer Sarah says she “fell into blogging”. We’re glad she did, because if you’ve ever considered re-wilding your garden, Solariahues is a great place to seek inspiration.
Got a free weekend? Why not turn a corner of your garden into a wildlife-friendly stumpery? Rajul, aka Thesmallgardener built one for a client – it looks fabulous now the planting is in full leaf. All you need to get started is some logs, bark or old railway sleepers...
“I’m Rajul. I am small and I love to garden”. Rajul writes. But while this wildlife gardener may be petite in stature, her writing is anything but.
Do you have any tips on encouraging wildlife to thrive? Or have you come across a blog that’s helped you re-wild your garden? If so, we’d love to hear from you on our Facebook page.
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