(Not to be confused with Sticky Wicket Wildlife Garden, Buckland Newton, Dorset created by meadow maker and author Pam Lewis which can be accessed at www.stickywicketgarden.com)

Creating Wildlife Habitat in the Garden

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In most cases, beneficial insects, birds, hedgehogs and desired “garden animals“ find a pesticide-free and wildlife-friendly gardens on their own. Using a quality non toxic pest removal service might help if there is a high number of vermin present in your garden. However, they are a lot easier to attract and keep in the garden if provided proper habitat. Each animal is unique and requires different conditions to thrive. As a result, gardeners create special habitats for particular wildlife species.

Most animals are attracted by plants but there are some that require more attention to become more frequent visitors or inhabitants of the garden. Choose a good brand of seedlings and seeds for longlasting plants.

Birds. A sight of a beautiful garden while listening to birds signing is a heaven for every gardener relaxing on a park bench. Most birds do not need any special habitat because they create nests high in the trees or under eaves. They will, however, appreciate a birdbath which should be cleaned often and a bird feeder (especially during the winter months). Bird species that nest within a tree hole can be provided a nest box. These are widely available but are very easy to make at home as well.

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Bats. These flying mammals play a crucial role in pest control and pollination. Although these nocturnal creatures look scary to most people, they are very useful in the gardens due the mentioned reasons. Another reason why bats are becoming common garden inhabitants is loss of natural habitat which resulted in dramatic decrease of these highly important animals. They will create a roost in the eaves or empty loft but they will also gladly use a bat box. It looks just like bird nest box except that has a large opening in the bottom. These boxes are offered by many stores but they can be also easily made on your own.

Beneficial predatory insects. Most types of predatory insects that help control the harmful ones are attracted by plants, most often the ones that usually do not belong to a garden. Ladybugs which help control aphids for instance simply love stinging nettle just like a number of other insects including butterflies. However, a patch of stinging nettle will not ruin the beauty of the garden neither a bug house which will be appreciated by ladybirds, lacewings and other insects that are very useful natural pest control.

Pollinators and butterflies. These are very easily attracted to the garden because they love most plants that are popular among gardeners. All pollinators and butterflies also love wildflower meadow areas, especially the surface nesting bumblebees because it provides them a nesting habitat.

Frogs, toads and reptiles. They may not make the garden beautiful directly but they most certainly help keep it beautiful because they play an important role in insect control. Frogs and reptiles will not come into the garden unless provided a pond, while toads are much easier to attract to the garden because they do not need as much water.

Hedgehogs. These cute, spiny mammals will come to a garden that is full of life. They are nocturnal creatures and retreat in a shelter during the day. If noticing a hedgehog in the garden, you can offer a log pile that can be used as a daytime retreat.