Welcoming wildlife to your doorstep

Did you know that collectively our own outside spaces account for more of the UK’s green space than all our nature reserves combined?

Our gardens, yards and window boxes are undervalued spaces for wildlife, here are our top tips for turning your doorstep in to a mini-nature reserve.

Your own personal orchestra

Fill your outdoor space with the sound of birdsong by installing a bird box, bath or feeding station.

Feeding birds

A close up shot of meadow cranesbill

(C) Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

Add a splash of colour

Encourage more bees and other pollinators to your outdoor space by planting native plant species like comfrey and meadow cranesbill.

Planting for pollinators

A close up of a common frog and its reflection as it pokes it's head out of a pond

(C) Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

A home for amphibians

Create a mini pond for frogs, newts and thirsty visitors using a partially buried washing up bowl. For their safety, build a way in and out using stones or other garden materials.

Mini ponds

A hedgehog sat in leaf litter in a secluded spot at the bottom of a garden

(C) Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

Hedgehog highway

Cut a small, ‘hog sized’ hole at the bottom of your fence to create a hedgehog highway. Be sure to get planning permission from you neighbour first!

Hedgehog holes

A person relaxing in the long grass in their garden. A dandelion takes up the foreground of the shot.

(C) Eden Jackson

Sit back and relax

Save yourself a job and let your grass grow. Leaving a long patch of grass is great for all wildlife, and you might also be surprised by the colourful flowers that are hidden in your lawn.

Grow a wild patch

A wood mouse hiding in a secluded spot

(C)  Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

A home for mice and mini-beasts

Creepy crawlies and wood mice need a home too. Invite them to your outdoor space by making a dead wood pile in a secluded, shady spot.

Build a log shelter

A blackbird posing in the grass whilst dandelion seeds float behind it

(C) Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

Creating nature networks

Most importantly, spread the word and encourage your neighbours to look after garden wildlife too.