Helping local wildlife in autumn/winter

As the days get darker earlier and the temperature drops drawing the year to a close your garden wildlife might need a little helping hand. Some animals like hedgehogs hibernate, if you see any little ones out and about it might be a good idea to contact a local wildlife charity for advice. Local to us on the Wirral we have, check locally for your areas equivalent. If you know you have local hedgehogs then you could always bundle up twigs in borders or by potted plants to provide them a winter shelter. Compost heaps are also a great shelter for bees, hedgehogs over autumn/winter. Don’t disturb the heap just cover it over to keep dry. Just be sure any work being undertaken in the garden is after you have checked for any little friends first. Have a look at our black non woven mambrne – it would be great fot this!   Make sure you keep an eye out for your local birds, keep bird boxes clean and clear. Provide fat balls in easy reach for birds and not cats. If you have a bird bath keep it clean and topped up. Ponds are an excellent resource for local wildlife in autumn/winter just be sure to clear ponds of debris to stop water fouling. Also keep an eye out on those colder days those ponds are not frozen over. Frogs and toads do hibernate but can also go into a torpor state that reduces their activity over winter, but they do go looking for food when needed. Keeping ponds fresh for them would be a great help. Frogs can also hibernate in leaf piles the best place is areas of low traffic say under a hedge or a garden corner. Appropriate food for garden visitors- Foxes – bread, chicken carcasses Badgers – peanuts, fruit, Squirrels – chopped apples, carrots, almonds   Not too much just a little to help them along, you don’t want them not hunting for their own food as well. What about planting some winter flowering plants. Providing natural food for birds for example sedum, daises, elder, birch. Be sure to keep any areas populated by ladybirds and butterflies unheated and if you find them in your home gently move them to a shed or unheated room. The heat can affect their dormancy period. The garden may look bare and sparse this time of year but its just resting ready for spring 2022. Its a time of giving and thinking of others, you have now looked after your garden friends. If you can dont forget those local charities this time of year that support wildlife in the UK, charities are still struggling after the pandemic and every little helps! Local nature charities – giving the gift of nature  

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