Britain is now one of the most nature depleted countries in the world. Amazing for a country that use to be full of hedges, woodlands and fields. Now wildlife is struggling to survive against the use of pesticides, increased building causing habitat loss and fragmentation. Large wild habitats are being destroyed. We have lost 50% of hedgehogs in the countryside, 40% of insects and pollinators. Urban green spaces and gardens are now more important for wildlife than ever. If we can build, grow and maintain lots of pockets of green, wild and abundant gardens then we can create a community wildlife reserve across Chiswick!
If you can tick off one thing from each of the 4 sections in the PDF ABOVE or the 4 sections BELOW, then you are on your way to a wildlife friendly garden!
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Here are some links to help you create your garden:
Plants for bees and butterflies: https://www.countryfile.com/how-to/wildlife-gardening/best-plants-for-bees-and-butterflies/
A good guide for plants for each season:
solitary bee houses: https://www.masonbees.co.uk
peat free compost
(local delivery bulk):https://earthcycle.co.uk/category/compost-south-west-london
The Hut at Staveley Road Allotments
B&Q (you will need to hunt for it!)
Wheelers at Turnham Green
W6 Nursery near Ravenscourt Park
Hedgehog feeders: https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/feeding/
Gardening for bumblebees, Dave Goulson
Dancing with Bees, Strawbridge-Howard
Plant nectar rich flowers
Pt up some bird feeders
Plant so you have flowers, fruits and seeds all year
Plant plenty of shrubs and trees with nuts and/or berries
Plant a wildflower meadow area or a nectar-rich lawn
Grow wildflowers in pots on a balcony or patio area
Build a wildlife pond - no fish
Put in a bog-garden or permanent wet area
Put out a bird bath and keep it full of clean water
Leave a shallow bowl of water out for hedgehogs
Put a shallow saucer of water out with pebbles in for bees to drink
Use a waterbutt rather than a hose (fill your pond with this water)
Plant climbing plants for shelter and feeding
plant/nurture mature trees
Plant a native species hedge or shrubs
build log piles to attract insects
Put up bird boxes, bat boxes, bug hotels, bee hotels and homes for hedgehogs
Build piles of stones for amphibians to hibernate and rest under.
Leave perennials until Spring
Compost kitchen and garden waste
NO pesticides including slug pellets
NO plastic grass!
Use peat free compost
Give hedgehogs access to your garden (we can do this for you)
Leave leaves throughout the winter.