Some of the most important habitats for wildlife are the ones closest to your home! Domestic gardens make up a huge 18% of urban land use so the things we plant and build there can really affect species numbers.
Our top five tips for creating a beautiful wild garden habitat are:
- Put some water in! This doesn't have to be anything as big as a pond, something as small as a shallow bowl can be enough to provide drinking water for mammals and birds! Bird baths will be used regularly by many garden bird species to wash, while a shallow tray can be home to insects such as dragonflies. If you have the space a pond can contain lots of different habitats and will be the focal point for wildlife in your garden, and you may get visitors such as frogs and newts! We are very lucky on Alderney and when our Wildlife WATCH group went pond dipping we found 160 newts in one small pond! Have you been pond dipping before? What did you find?