Get in touch with your garden’s wild side

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After spending weeks in the garden, planting, potting, weeding and trimming, why not turn your attention to the wonders of wildlife?

Gardeners can play a vital role in halting the decline of biodiversity by offering a wealth of habitats for wildlife. It’s also a great way to get your garden buzzing with life.

Andrew Gold, plant manager at Dobbies Edinburgh, explains how you don’t need to make huge changes to your garden to help wildlife.

“Often a garden landscape doesn’t feel complete without wildlife. A couple of small steps and a few additions will give your garden more biodiversity by attracting birds and insects.

“The first simple step is to plant a hedge – as well as providing food in the form of flowers and seeds, they also provide shelter and nesting sites for birds.

“Composting your garden waste not only makes your soil healthier, it provides a valuable food source for insects, worms and other small creatures. This may seem like a very small addition but it will bring many benefits to the wildlife in your garden – and it’s free and easy to produce.”

Bird feeders are an important addition to any garden, especially during colder weather.

Andrew adds: “Putting bird feeders into your garden is a great way to attract wildlife to your garden. Not only do they give birds a good feed, you can enjoy their company too. If you can, offer a mixture of foods including peanuts, seeds and kitchen scraps.”

If you feel like being a little more adventurous, then why not create a pond? It’s one of the most useful elements for garden wildlife.

“Ponds not only offer tranquillity, they are an ideal environment for plants and provide a home for wildlife. Make sure your pond has at least one sloping side – this will give creatures an easy way out.

“It’s also important to add plants to your pond as they add interest and provide a shelter, food and shade for wildlife. However, if they become invasive, they should be removed.”