Creating your Wildlife Garden

A wildlife garden need not be untidy! If you like neat lawns and flower beds then choosing nectar plants, suitable shrubs for nesting birds and a few bat and bird boxes all helps. However if you can forget the old fashioned (!) trend of close cut fertlised lawns you can have fascinating wild-plant rich lawns with some tall grass areas that will be great for insects, small mammals, reptiles etc. It is a real treat to watch birds like bullfinches and goldfinches coming down to these patches to eat the seed heads. (All photos on this page taken in my garden!)