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How to Look After Your Garden Wildlife in July

How to Look After Your Garden Wildlife in July

How to Look After Your Garden Wildlife in July

During the height of summer your garden is likely to be in full bloom – bursting with beautiful colour and scent. There’s also lots of wildlife about. Here are a few tips for looking after your garden wildlife in July:

Baby frogs are likely to be making an appearance around now. Plant foliage or leave long grass around your pond to provide them with shelter from predators.

Baby hedgehogs are also on the move in July. They like meat-based cat or dog food and water. Providing these things will give them the extra food they need to prepare for hibernation in the autumn.

Avoid trimming your hedges until you’re sure there are no birds nesting there. Blackbirds and thrushes can nest as late as August. Also, keep your bird bath topped up with water on warmer days to provide drinking water.

Wildflower weeds such as daisies and dandelions provide a good source of nectar for bees. Leave areas of your lawn for these plants to grow. Also consider planting bee friendly biennials that will flower next year.

Your plants and flowers are a lifeline for bees and butterflies. Be sure to give them plenty of water during dry spells to keep them fighting fit.

Looking after your garden wildlife in August

Looking after your garden wildlife in August

Water, Water Everywhere

Water is often much needed in the dry days of August. So fill up your bird bath or just pop a plastic bowl of water out. For the birds make sure it is somewhere high up so they can spot predators. For hedgehogs and other ground animals pop a little saucer of water out and keep topped up.

Sleepy Birds

You might feel your garden is a bit quiet this month. That is because the birds are sleepy! Many are moulting - an annual shedding of their feathers to get them ready for winter months.