Climbers can give a beautiful burst of colour and fragrance to an outdoor space, as well as acting as a source of food and slater for birds and bees. Ivy flowers are a very important for bees I the autumn
Native trees provide a haven for wildlife providing vital spaces to eat shelter and breed. An ancient oak can supports a colossal 2,300 species.
Native shrubs or hedge
Hedges provide important shelter and protection for wildlife, particularly nesting birds and hibernation insects. They are a better choice than fences allowing wildlife to move about between gardens, while providing feeding and breeding opportunities
A perfect habitat for'bugs', small mammals and amphibians. The damp environment provides small places to shelter in and food sources. Some creatures will take up permanent residence, while many animals are active at night, so need a safe space during the day. Others may use it as a frost-free location to overwinter. As the wood decays, more animals will be able to make their home in it. as well as fungi and mosses.
The best way to provide a nesting option for hedgehogs is by creating a natural feature such as a compost heap or log pile. Make sure you have lots of leaves available for them to fill their nest with. You can also buy or make artificial houses.
The natural nesting sites which many birds depend on are disappearing. You can provide much-needed alternatives by putting up bird nesting boxes
Hibernacula are underground chambers that amphibians and reptiles use throughout the winter to protect themselves from the cold. They are easy to build, read more to see how.
Building a bat box gives them somewhere safe to roost, raise their pups and sleep during the day
DIY Bee hotel
Solitary bees aren't like honey bees that live in hives. They make their nest on their own in tunnels, such as in dead wood, plant stems or hard soil. A bee hotel mimics the conditions needed for some solitary bees such as mason bees and leaf cutter bees.
Create wild pollinator nesting habitats
Wild pollinators need safe nesting habitats. These are not as common as they used to be. Fortunately, creating new nesting habitats is incredibly simple.