Worrying statistics show a rapid decline in UK wildlife since the late nineteen hundreds. The State of Nature report, conducted by the NBN, found that our most important wildlife have plummeted by an average of 60% since 1970, and that the area inhibited by “priority species” has shrunk by 27% - these are deemed the most important and threatened, including hedgehogs, hares, bats, many species of bird, and even insects such as the butterfly.
In fact, did you know that the British hedgehog is now officially classified as vulnerable to extinction?
Thankfully though, it’s not all bad news. With just a few small adjustments to your back garden, you can make a big difference to the wildlife that surrounds your home. Read on as we explore five ways to encourage wildlife into your back garden.
1. Let nature take its course
In the modern era we live in, it’s becoming more and more common amongst homeowners to rip up everything natural in their garden and replace it with artificial grass, paving, and decking.
While this may be ideal for some due to the reduction in maintenance required, doing this will destroy what were previously natural environments and important food sources for wildlife.
So, if you’d like to encourage the welfare of surrounding birds, bugs, and bees, avoid this trend. Instead, let nature takes it course, create a more attractive environment for all things wild and you’ll notice an arrival of friendly visitors soon after.
That’s not to say you should leave your garden to grow like a forest – wildlife will thank you for just a small corner, border, or planter.