Creating a garden that helps local wildlife has become very popular in recent years, particularly because of the climate crisis. With dwindling numbers of pollinating insects like bees and butterflies due to weather changes, the people of Britain have taken it upon themselves to support their local ecosystems by turning their gardens into mini wildlife sanctuaries.
From home-made birdfeeders to wildflower meadows, there are so many options you could try if you’re planning a wildlife garden. Read on for some of our top tips and ideas you could use to create a wildlife garden that works for you and your local wildlife.
A wildlife garden is an outdoor space that uses different materials to attract lots of wild animals, insects and birds to provide them with food and shelter, and to further pollinate and support your own local wildlife around your home.
You can encourage all sorts of friendly visitors to your patch of heaven, including badgers, red squirrels, rare birds, and all sorts of fauna that might be looking for a peaceful refuge among the busy roads and high streets.
Most gardens start off as a bit of a blank canvas – a patch of grass, maybe a patio, and sometimes some trees. Luckily, this is the best place to start! All you need to do is look after your soil and get it into a good enough condition to let wildflowers grow, and often wildflowers are quite tough little things, so can handle growing strong in soil that’s not quite perfect.
You can create a lawn using artificial grass, and although you can’t grow flowers on it, you can use it to give your garden more green space and cover up any areas you might be less keen on, like an old patio or driveway, in a cheaper and easier way than putting down grass turf. Our artificial grass care guide has all sorts of tips on how to keep it looking bonny and bright like the rest of your wildlife garden!
When considering options for your home and garden, artificial grass may appear to be an attractive choice. However, it's worth noting that artificial grass is not the most environmentally friendly option due to its use of petroleum-based materials and significant energy requirements for production, transportation, and installation. In contrast, natural grass provides numerous environmental benefits such as supporting animal and plant life and producing oxygen. To create a more sustainable living space and reduce your environmental impact, explore eco-conscious flooring options like Tapi's TreadKindly range which features sustainable materials and manufacturing processes for inside your home.
You might want to create a little seating area too, so that you can enjoy watching all the local butterflies dancing among the flowers, and keep your eyes peeled for your favourite types of birds. A garden bench can easily be made from leftover wooden pallets or an outdoor dining area can be made from your favourite camping chair and an old crate. There are lots of ways you can get creative on a budget when creating a wildlife garden!
Here are our top ideas you can use to create your own wildlife garden in your neighbourhood:
When you’re beginning to plan what you’d like your wildlife garden to look like, and what creatures you want to encourage most, you can explore the internet for different ideas for your wildlife garden design, but here are some of our top ideas.
If you’ve ever wondered how to attract wildlife to your garden, hopefully you now have a plan of action to help you achieve it! We’ve got plenty more lifestyle advice and design ideas for spaces in your home and garden, including tips on how to host a garden party, and how to lay your artificial grass on concrete.