All year round

Get in to the habit of doing these and you'll make a constant difference to wildlife in your garden.

Orange tip butterfly. Credit: Wildstock

Butterfly larder

Butterflies don’t just need a nectar cafe. Their pretty, flying, forms are only one stage of their life cycle. Caterpillars need food too.

Catch the rain. Credit: RHS

Catch the rain

There’s a lot to be said for saving and using rain.

Cut back on the cutting back. Credit: Wildstock

Cut back on the cutting back

Of all the wildlife-friendly things you can do in the garden, this is the easiest.

Ditch the hosepipe. Credit: Rupert Paul

Ditch the hosepipe

Watering gardens only accounts for a small percentage of our water use, but it tends to come at the most difficult times, when supplies are already short.

Feed the birds. Credit: Richard Burkmar

Feed the birds

The best way to encourage birds into your garden is very simple: give them food.

Feed the mammals. Credit: Elliot Smith

Feed the mammals

Most wild mammals are nocturnal and appear secretive, so you may not know if you’ve ever had them in your garden.

Flowers for bumblebees

Different bumblebee species have different length tongues and this affects the kinds of flowers they can visit for nectar.

Go chemical free

Go chemical free

If you’ve used chemicals in the past, this might sound like an invitation to every pest for miles around to shred your garden in days.

Go peat free. Credit: Rupert Paul

Go peat free

Next time you need some compost, make sure it’s labelled peat free.

Let your lawn grow. Credit: RHS

Let your lawn grow

Few of us have the patience to cultivate a perfect lawn. Fortunately a more relaxed approach can still produce an attractive result, and help wildlife.

Mulch your borders. Credit: RHS

Mulch your borders

Mulch is any covering of the soil to retain water and keep down weeds - but the best is well-rotted manure, garden compost or leaf mould.

Recycle something. Credit: Rupert Paul

Recycle something

Take a stand against the throwaway society - re-use something!

Save a species. Credit: Wildstock

Save a species

Save a species? Surely that sort of thing only happens on nature reserves?

Set up a nectar cafe. Credit: RHS

Set up a nectar cafe

Many of the prettiest insects are nectar feeders that need flowers for their survival.

Source locally. Credit: Rupert Paul

Source locally

That tropical hardwood patio table might look good and last for years, but what are the consequences of supporting its production?

Things to do

There are many practical ways to enhance your garden for wildlife

Resources

Downloads and useful links to help you on your way.