Happy Sunday! I hope you have had an amazing weekend! It’s not over yet though! It’s been very warm today and so lovely outside. I even had a bbq for lunch! It was so nice to just sit outside and relax in the sun. I would love to know what you have been up to? Today’s brand new post is all about creating a wildlife garden in your very own garden. As towns and cities become more built up, little creatures such as small animals, bugs and insects are losing their homes. Small animals such as hedgehogs, their number has declined over the last few years, which is so sad. With busy roads and hedgehogs looking for somewhere to call home, some don’t make it. Which is why it is super important to create somewhere where wildlife can live. Over the last few years, my mum and I have turned our garden into a wildlife garden. Each year we have a family of hedgehogs and we get a large number of different types of bugs, insects, bees and butterflies. Our garden isn’t huge, but we have dedicated a large proportion of it to wildlife. We have let weeds, wildflower and bushes grow to form a home for all of the wildlife that comes to visit. We have also let a number of buddleias grow outside the front of our house to attract butterflies.
In our garden, we also have a number of different birds come to visit, small and large. It creates a safe haven for them to collect things to build a nest, gather food and have a drink of water. I absolutely love looking at the wildlife that comes into the garden, I could see sit and watch them all day. It’s amazing to see all of the different types of animals, birds and insects. Especially in this hot weather, it is super important to keep some food and water for any small animal that may come to visit, outside. Please let me know in the comments if you have a wildlife garden, and also any tips you may have for creating one. Below are just a few photos that I have taken to share with you. I plan on taking lots more and doing lots more updates on our wildlife garden.
One thing my mum and I have noticed over the last couple of years is that the bees and birds really do love thistles! They may be prickly, but they sure do love them. Once the flowers on the thistles have bloomed and it’s time for the thistle fluff to come out. I’m not too sure what the correct name for it is, so I’m just going to call it thistle fluff! I have noticed that small birds especially, love to collect it and use it for their nests. Which I can totally understand, as when I touched some of the fluff, it is so lovely and soft. So we now let the thistles grow in the garden. And I must say that the purple flowers are quite pretty! I did notice today that ants and small spiders love them too. If you look closely at the photos, you can see some little spider webs.
I will be uploading some more photos very soon. I really hope you have enjoyed today’s post and please let me know if you have thought about creating a wildlife garden or if you are in the process of creating one. It’s so interesting seeing not just the wildlife that comes to visit, but all of the wildflowers that grow. There are so many weeds that produce such pretty flowers that the bees absolutely love and collect nectar from. We’ve also got some wild blackberries that have started growing and sprouting. Although the garden may look a little overgrown, it just makes me love it even more. ???
Love looking at nature? I highly recommend visiting Sandringham Woods in Norfolk.