The temperature has well and truly dropped and it’s becoming frostier in the mornings. It doesn’t mean we need to stay in though, encourage the little one’s to get outside, take a frosty walk and get busy in the garden.

With more and more houses being built, unfortunately a lot of the greenery and natural habitats for animals is declining near us. With this in mind, I have been looking at how we can support nature in our own gardens especially during Winter when it is even harder for them with the harsh elements against them too.

An easy one and I think the most common one that people do is to install a bird box in a high and sheltered spot. Also ensure there is food out for the birds. There is a fab info graphic at the end of this to show what foods are best for various animals.

Have a break from mowing the lawn over Winter and let it become a safe place for insects.

 

Photo credit: Whinge Whinge Wine

 

A lovely activity for children to do is make an insect hotel, let them collect rocks and pieces of wood to create a snug home for insects to hibernate in. Have a look here to see how Emma Reed made one with her son.

Make your own compost, not only is it a good way to recycle fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and eggshells, it also creates a habitat for worms, woodlice, fungi, frogs and spiders.

 

How to make your garden wildlife friendly in Winter

 

#winter #gardening #wildlifeThis is a collaboration with information provided by Oeco Garden Rooms

 

20 Comments

20 Comments on How to make your garden wildlife friendly in Winter

  1. This is a great idea for children. It teaches them to respect nature and to reuse what you have. Winter gardening can be over looked so well done for teaching your children this habit.

  2. We used to make sure we had bird seeds for the robins in the winter when I was a kid. I don’t actually have a garden now where I live so I can’t do it anymore 🙁

  3. This is such a great idea, especially because the wildlife has no way of protecting from the cold. It’s nice to help them survive the winter by making an insect hotel and by leaving seeds for the birds.

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