Encouraging Wildlife

Thoughts and musings

Encouraging Wildlife

Lewis | February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

As gardeners, you are on the frontline of preserving nature. Due to the, some might say, unethical actions of certain people, governments, and companies, habitats of certain wildlife are being neglected, and have even been destroyed. One only has to look at the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest for evidence of this. Here at Oakleigh Manor, we hate to see this; our environmental policy clearly demonstrates that. I know that it would be impossible for you, right now, to jump on a plane to Brazil and stop what is going on there. But there are things you can do help the wildlife, from the comfort of your own back garden.

An interesting article written by The Telegraph a few years ago gives out 25 pieces of advice that would help encourage wildlife in your garden. This is the article we have based this blog post on; if you would like to read it from the source, please click here. But read on for this author’s favourite picks, and as usual, my unique writing style that you enjoy so much! I think!

My first pick is to build a log pile to promote biodiversity. A number of different species are attracted to log piles, for a number of reasons, and the irony that these logs aren’t being burned and falling subject to companies in the Amazon is the perfect sentiment; these logs create a habitat, not destroying one. Another interesting pick is the recommendation to make a pond; wildlife need water just as much as us, the human race, and we know its pretty important!

Another tip that fits in with the Oakleigh Manor ethos is to discourage the use of chemicals, and instead to use natural and organic materials with regards to feeds, fertilisers and manure. Knowing that hazardous, man-made chemicals aren’t affecting the environment is enough for this author’s peace of mind, but using natural materials instead will help promote wildlife even more! Finally, this tip has to be my favourite; to encourage animals such as frogs and hedgehogs, cut a small CD-sized hole in your fence to allow them in, but also to ensure foxes or badgers stay outside! I think I enjoy this one so much because it is such a simple solution for wildlife encouragement.

So there you have it; four picks from an article that really caught my eye. But give the article a read for yourself, and let us know what your favourite tip is. Better still, why not let us know of any tips you use that do not feature in that article? Let us know by either leaving a comment in the section below, commenting on our page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/OakleighManor), or Tweeting us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Oakleigh_Manor).