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use simple household items to create a bird feeder to encourage birds to your outdoor space

Bird feeders

From hanging feeders to bird tables, nuts and seeds to DIY treats, there are low-cost ways to keep garden birds fed year round.

create a butterfly feeder using fruit to attract butterflies to your garden space

Butterfly feeders

As well as planting pollinator friendly flowers, you can attract butterflies with a feeder that provides sugar and water.

berries provide much needed food for wildlife in your garden


Including trees and shrubs with berries gives birds and mammals seasonal treats to enjoy.

fruit trees like an apple tree provides a home and food for wildlife

Fruit trees

From blossom for pollinating insects to fruit for animals (including you), fruit trees are a wildlife gardener’s friend.

spring pollinators such as daffodils are important for wildlife to thrive

Spring flowers

Some bees and other pollinating insects come out of hibernation early. Spring bulbs and other flowers can help them thrive.

sunflowers and other summer flowers are great polliantors for attracting wildlife to your garden

Summer flowers

As bees buzz from flower to flower feeding on nectar, they transport pollen on their bodies. This helps flowers and crops fertilise and reproduce.

verbena and other winter flowers are great polliantors for attracting wildlife to your garden

Autumn / winter flowers

A good selection of later-flowering plants for pollinators will help to keep your garden insect population diverse.

you can create an easy bird bath in your garden

A water source

Bird baths, ponds, water features and shallow dishes (with pebbles to land on) keep wildlife hydrated in any weather.

ponds create a home for all types of wildlife in your garden

A pond

Even a small tub or barrel filled with water can provide a habitat where insects and amphibians can thrive.

worms can make their home in a compost bin

A compost heap

Recycle garden and kitchen waste, make your own compost, and create a warm home for invertebrates to hide in.

a logpile in the garden create a home for wildlife

Wood / stone piles

Areas where logs, twigs, bricks or stones are left will quickly become home to a wide range of wild species.

wildlife can make their home in a leaf pile

Leaf piles

Don’t dispose of autumn leaves. Rake them into tidy piles and wild animals can use them to shelter or hibernate.

shrubs and trees provide all types of wildlife a home

Trees and shrubs

A wide variety of trees and shrubs provide valuable shelter and habitats for birds, insects and small mammals.

meadows and wildflowers are great homes for insects and wildlife

A mini meadow

Whether planted with wildflowers or just left unmown, areas of long grass will soon become biodiverse habitats.

encourage insects to your outdoor space with a bug hotel

Insect houses

Easily made by assembling bricks, wood and other materials – or buying a ready made structure for bugs to crawl into.

nesting boxes in the garden encourage birds to visit

Nesting boxes

You can welcome a variety of bird species to nest, with the right bird box in the right place.

build a hedgehog house to offer a safe haven for wild hedgehogs in your garden

Hedgehog houses

Building a home for hedgehogs to feed, sleep and hibernate in is a great way to protect this declining species.

encourage bees to your outdoor space with a bee hotel

Bee hotels

Not all bees live in hives! Solitary species will appreciate hollow stems or holes drilled in wood or bricks to hide in.

convert shed roofs to a living roof to encourage wildlife

Living roofs

Flat roofs can be cleverly planted to provide insulation, drainage and a home for birds and insects.

build a dead hedge with twigs and prunings held in place with using stakes in the ground

A dead hedge

Hardwood prunings can be cleverly arranged as a garden feature, providing structure, wind protection and habitats.