Create a Certified Gardening Wildlife

This summer, why not a garden with wildlife in mind? May is the month of the Garden of Wildlife, so the time could not be better to attract more birds, butterflies, beneficial insects and other creatures to your outdoor spaces. Whether you’re gardening on a city balcony or large suburban patio, here are tips on how to make a wildlife habitat.

Creating wildlife habitat is important in all four seasons. But it’s especially important now, because these habitats provide a natural source of food, water, and protective cover for migratory birds and butterflies at this time of year.

Garden for wildlife to create the ultimate backyard habitat for bugs, butterflies, and more. By now I think we all know that talking about attractive gardens for wildlife is not just a fad. The current loss of biodiversity and the resulting changes in the environment are occurring at a worrying rate. Many plant and animal populations have declined in number, geographic extent, or both. Attracting wildlife to our outdoor space is an act of responsibility and we can do it by following some basic rules and without giving up a beautiful garden.

BBC Springwatch Garden • Jo Thompson • RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival • © RHS / Joanna Kossak

Today we return to talk about gardens designed to become an attractive environment for various forms of wildlife , such as birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, mammals and others. They are gardens whose natural aspect actually hides the gardener’s hand, who has deliberately created this space with a design devised from an ecological point of view, in which various factors intervene, in addition to the selection of plant species.

We have seen in the blog some examples aimed at promoting biodiversity in the garden . But it is never enough. There are many issues to address and each region has its own needs and objectives. Today, in particular, I want to show an example that takes us to the UK and a BBC series, Spring Watch , where the wonders of British wildlife are revealed at every change of season. From that series, a program aimed at mapping the resources available for wildlife, in this case, in gardens across the country, also discovering which wild visitors they attract.

The BBC Springwatch Garden. Designed by Jo Thompson. RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019. Stand no. 568

The wildlife gardening idea  emerged from very significant data, derived from research indicating that private gardens in Britain cover a larger area than all of the country’s national nature reserves combined. For viewers are asked each week to collect as much information as they can based on wildlife in any outdoor space they regularly use , from a balcony or shared garden to a nearby park.

Springwatch Garden at Hampton Court

To promote that project and promote the show, this year the BBC has sponsored an exhibition garden at the Hampton Court Garden Festival designed by Jo Thompson , incorporating a range of practical design elements, making small changes that can attract different species. to outdoor spaces. It was about creating a garden capable of showing the importance of wildlife corridors between neighboring spaces, as they allow insects, birds and mammals to travel from one garden to another in search of food and shelter.

The BBC Springwatch Garden. Designed by Jo Thompson. RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019. Stand no. 568

Ideas to attract wildlife to the garden

This garden suggests that we let our grass meadow look more wild, stimulating the growth of plants rich in nectar, such as clover  ( Trifolium repens ). Incorporating wildflower plants will attract a greater variety of pollinators.  

Jo Thompson also proposes that we put aside the cumbersome task of removing uncontrolled “weed killers” or weeds. The idea is to do it in a selective way, allowing that, along with other ornamental species introduced into the garden, wild species grow  that will not only beautify the garden giving it an attractive romantic air, but will also provide nectar, pollen and Nutritious seed heads that will appreciate the wildlife that comes to our garden throughout the year.

These are basic ideas that we probably already know, but I wanted to show the images of this exhibition garden, because it was especially interesting to me. Three different spaces that merge, where the plants become a romantic backdrop for all those little details that contribute to turning a beautiful garden into an attractive place for wildlife.

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