On the additions I have made to my allotment so far this year to make it more wildlife friendly!
Earlier this year I published a post about what my aims for my allotment were in 2019 – if you haven’t already you can read it here!
One of my key aims was making my plot more wildlife friendly. All around us natural habitats are declining as a result of human action and it’s vital that we all take whatever steps we can to reverse the decline. And of course, my allotment is totally dependant on pollinators – without them I would have no produce! So I felt it was only fair that I invest some effort into making my allotment a wildlife friendly space. I’ve made really good progress with this aim already so I thought I’d share with you what I have done so far in the hope that it inspires you to create your own wildlife-friendly space in your garden!
It’s worth noting that my approach to these projects has been to take the quick and simple option as I personally am at a point in my life where I really lack time (due to work and study commitments). Of course if you have more time you could consider making some of the below yourself out of recycled materials, and I’d love to hear how you do this if you do decide to go down this route!
The first item I added was a wildlife pond, using this preformed pond liner. A preformed liner made the process of installing the pond incredibly easy – I simply dug a hole and placed the liner in, then filled it with rain water from the water butt. I filled the pond with plants which were sent to me by plantsforponds.co.uk and who I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend for an amazing array of high-quality plants and really wonderful customer service. I haven’t seen a frog yet but the pond looks beautiful and now it’s the first spot I run to when I visit the allotment to see if anyone has moved in! Frogs, toads and newts all eat slugs which is great news for a gardener. I can’t think of a better kind of natural pest control!
I added a this solitary beehive made by Wildlife World. It’s designed to attract solitary bees such as the Red Mason Bee and Leafcutter bees. These types of bee do not swarm (so no need to worry about children or pets) and are are excellent pollinators. The hive replicates the kind of habitat solitary bees use to lay their eggs and which has become far less common in modern gardens. Fingers crossed that I will soon have a resident or two!
I love watching little garden birds and although it is summer now and food is plentiful it is very important to put food out for them in winter. I have installed this feeder now which will allow the birds to get used to it as a food source before winter comes. I love growing sunflowers and I always end up with loads of dried sunflower heads at the end of summer which the birds just love to eat. There is a little dish on this feeder where I can place the dried sunflower heads as food.
Lastly I added this hedgehog home by The Hutch Company to a quiet, sheltered spot in the hedge just behind my plot. The hutch looks utterly adorable and keeps the hedgehogs safe from predators. I have actually only seen a hedgehog in the wild a handful of times which is shameful as they used to be so common. Every time I have seen one it has been a joy – they are so noisy when they snuffle around the garden looking for slugs and are just fascinating to watch. I did get a hedgehog visit my garden last year so I’m tempted to get another hutch for home to encourage more of them to move in!
And that’s it so far!
I intend to write a separate post on Plants for Pollinators and in the spirit of continuous improvement I will keep returning to my Wildlife Garden throughout the year to see if there is anything else I can add to it. If I think of anything I will let you know, and in the meantime please do share any ideas you have or projects you’ve made. Together we can make the world a better place for wildlife!
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