GARDEN GURU: It’s cold outside and creatures which live in our gardens are doing their best to get through this dreary period of the year, just as we are.
Anything we can do to make their lives a little easier is a good thing but this doesn’t necessarily mean a total wilding of our gardens, there are lots of small changes we can make which will help enormously. How about helping a hedgehog out with a pretty little home, it won’t help this year but will be ready and waiting for next.
Or you could build an insect shelter, more commonly known as a ‘bug hotel’, I’ve seen huge constructions made from layers of pallets but a simple flowerpot filled with sticks and straw would be great.
And did you know frogs could do with a helping hand too? Apparently they are stirring at the moment ready to start pairing off at the first sign of spring so if you have a pond spend a little time clearing it of debris and make sure there is a gentle slope into it somewhere – it’s not easy limbering up after a long hibernation.
The Royal Horticultural Society have a brilliant website called Wild About Gardens with all sorts of suggested projects and their monthly newsletters are a great reminder of what’s happening with wildlife in our garden. http://www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk/Subscribe to our blog