Greener Ugborough Parish
Local History & St Peters Church
Leave perennials in until spring
Leave some stems over winter to provide homes and food for wildlife, whilst retaining height and interest in the garden.
Compost garden and kitchen waste
Make a wildlife-friendly compost for woodlice, worms, toads, grass snakes as well as soil invertebrates and fungi, which in turn attracts birds and mammals.
No pesticides including slug pellets
Encourage natural predators, try companion planting, use physical barriers, capture pests, plant wisely.
Long grass area
Leaving a some grass to grow long in your garden provides habitat and food for many 'bugs', which become food for birds and hedgehogs. Many butterfly caterpillars rely on long grass eg Meadow brown and Marbled white
Mowing your lawn less saves you time and makes a big difference to wildlife. Even setting your mower to a higher cut allows wildflowers to grow providing food for pollinators.
Hedgehog access to your garden
One of the main reasons why hedgehogs are declining is because our fences and walls are becoming more and more secure, reducing the amount of land available to them