Welcome a new friend to your garden
Tuesday, 8 December 2015 | AdminBig or small, your garden can be a real boon to your lifestyle. In the summer months, it’s an entertaining room, with space to cook, a table to eat at, and perhaps even some entertainment to occupy your visitors. When the lights go down, or the cold nights draw in, your garden can become home to another group entirely – local wildlife – providing them with shelter, food and space to be themselves. Want to help them feel at home? Welcome them in with one of Protect The Planet’s many animal habitats.
The most common addition to a garden is a bird nest box, and Protect The Planet sell a huge variety. Made from cardboard or wood, there's even one shaped like a tea pot! A good nest box functions as a cosy home for a bird family to roost and relax, keeping them warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. Even better, it offers protection from predators.
Solitary bees are different to bumble bees and honey bees. They prefer their own company, and don’t work as part of a group, or live in a hive. There are 200 species of solitary bee, and they make individual “nests” for their larvae. This can be between rock crevices, plant stems or hollow trees, but you can offer them somewhere safer by adding a solitary bee hotel to your garden. Made of tubes, the bee can crawl inside and lay her young somewhere safe, ready for it to hatch in spring.
Bat boxes are artificial roosts, designed to encourage bats into an area where there are no existing colonies. These protected creatures need a special home. An untreated wooden bat box has a rough surface for bats to cling to, protecting them from draughts, predators and chilly breezes.
Frogitats are perfect if you’ve got a pond which is in need of a friendly frog family, or if you have pests like slugs in your garden. Your frog family will devour garden pests, and will thank you for the ceramic walls of the frogitat, which resembles their preferred natural habitat of stone walls.
With a quarter of the UK’s hedgehog habitat disappearing over the last decade, it’s a great time to add a Hogitat to your garden. Designed to blend in with the natural colours of the garden, provide a cosy floor (an old car floor mat is ideal), cover with leaves and branches, and wait for a grateful hedgehog family. You can even purchase hedgehog food to keep your hog family well fed. Your reward? A garden free of snails and slugs – the hedgehogs love to eat them!
For just a few pounds, you can make your garden into a safe and welcoming place for a creature to set up home. Why not get started today?