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Watch Out for Wildlife

by User Not Found | Dec 22, 2011

Hi Everyone,

This week I was removing compost from my compost heap and disturbed a hedgehog who had decided to spend the winter sleeping off the cold weather. He had rolled up in the loose garden clippings at the bottom and was lucky that I didn’t spike him with my fork! I left him where he was and I will leave the compost until later in spring when hedgehogs are up and about again.

It was great to see wild life in my garden and I thought about other ways to encourage nature to visit. It is a good time of year to put up bird nest boxes in the shelter of tall shrubs and in bushy trees out of reach of cats. They should be securely fixed so that strong winds won’t dislodge them and make sure rain cannot fill them up. By the time nesting season comes around the new box will have lost it’s “just bought in a shop” smell and birds will have time to shop around for their new house for the summer.

Keeping a little area for some wild plants like nettles and wild flowers, will create a home for insects and create a food source for a wide variety of birds and other creatures.

Next week I will talk about creating a garden pond with a view to encouraging wild life to your garden.

All the best for now,