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Create a Wildlife Garden

Nature Challenge :
Create a wildlife haven to attract the birds and wildlife

A garden in a semi-rural area - where town or countryside meet - has opportunities for different garden and wildlife enthusiasts, depending on the effort and results required ... It might fall into one of these types of gardens:

a) neatly maintained flower-beds, pruned bushes and ordinary garden grass

b) the same again - but perhaps with a vegetable patch and/or wild garden patch and/or wildlife pond

c) fairly wild and in keeping with the local area's native trees, plants and flowers, with or without a wildlife pond

d) just wild, unmanaged and unmanageable!

The first and last of these will both attract wildlife to the garden; b) and c) will have the potential to attract and nurture local wildlife, birds and insects. Build a place where wildlife and birds will visit regularly, knowing there is food and, perhaps, even build nests or dens in which to rear offspring...they might stay for and make the garden their main home.

The more native local trees, bushes and flowers - the more natural a place for the local animals and birds that live in and around the area. Certain trees support greater numbers of insects and lichen, which in turn support more wildlife and birds. All creatures need food and a cosy place, such as an ancient oak tree for warmth and protection and a berry-producing tree or shrub, such as a hawthorn.

There are many gardens and local places that offer good ideas to attract more garden wildlife. Not too far away is a garden with a view created to focus on the wildlife garden beyond the formal lawn area. Native flowers and grasses grow tall with neatly mown grass paths, just wide enough for a stroll.

There are so many bees and butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies, grasshoppers and crickets buzzing and clicking, that it is an auditory delight!

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A beautifully planned wildlife garden - a treasured  for a smaller garden wildlife home.

This picturesque view across a wildlife haven was a time-stopper  - the wild garden of a 300 year old windmill.

The crisp paths cut through wild brambles and flora, such as Evening Primrose with its heady scent and promised abundance of seeds for the winter birds.

And beyond, the rest of the world!

For the #30dayswild post in 2016, Nature Challenge : Design a Wild Home, click here.

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