Wildlife gardens can be a place of beauty and harmony for humans and a place of shelter and forage for wildlife too.
As gardeners we can create green corridors and sanctuaries for us and our wildlife. We can all help to conserve the natural world. Simply choosing plants or seeds that are not produced with chemicals as some are drenched in insecticide, will be the best way to start. The insecticide designed to kill insects not wanted by plant breeders are also toxic to the very Bees and Butterflies we want to attract. The perfect storm is ahead.
Intensive farmland, loss of natural habitats and increased use of chemicals have all contributed to an alarming loss of wildlife. It’s a desert out there. Our gardens can be a a much needed refuge. Bees and other pollinators do vital work – we have evolved in harmony, their job provides us with food. An apple a day would not be possible. Please read the Buglife report for a list of foods we would go without, if we do not wake up and care for our pollinators.
In a fast moving world often laden with stress, spending time watching the interaction of pollinator and plant or tiny Blue Tit collecting moth caterpillars for it’s young is a total uplifting joy. Listening to a Song thrush tapping a snail shell open or the sound of bird song is one of life’s greatest pleasures. A high so intense, its hard to beat.
In the winter months, those flashes of colour as birds replace flowers, are thrilling.
At home, my own garden has traditional borders, trees, hedge and a vegetable garden, a small wildlife pond and I choose to grow plants organically. But no matter how small the plot anyone can grow for wildlife. A pot of chives, left to flower is a great source of pollen.
I’ve chosen to grow plants that work best in my area of Bedfordshire, plants that are beautiful and provide nectar, pollen, forage and shelter opportunities.
I am currently updating this page to include all of the wildlife friendly plants I grow, I hope it will help.
Happy Wildlife Gardening!