Looking After Wildlife This Winter
We love our wildlife here at Best4hedging and we know our readers do too! So we’re always trying to educate our readers on what we can do to help the little guys out, especially in the winter months when they need it the most. We’re tempted to stay indoors in the winter, who would blame us? And we often feel guilty for neglecting our gardens. However, don’t threat too much as this is the best thing we can do for wildlife. Letting our gardens go a little wild has many benefits, it provides shelter for wildlife where they can nest and stay warm. Food is provided by the berries on your un-pruned hedging. So you can literally let nature do the work for you to help our wildlife, but of course nature needs a helping hand so here’s some things you can do to give that little bit extra help this winter…
Feed the birds
Whilst hedging with berries is a wonderful source of food for birds, sometimes that isn’t enough so make sure your bird seed feeders and regularly topped up and plenty of fat blocks are hanging in your wire frames. Some cheeky squirrels may get at these, but at least they are also getting a good feed!
Break The Ice
If you have ponds in your garden, make sure to crack the frozen over water to make holes. Toxic gases can build up in frozen water which will affect the fish hibernating at the bottom. You can make a hole on the frozen ice by placing a hot pan on the area you want to create a hole. It isn’t advised to crack the ice with force or to pour boiling water as again, this can affect the fish that are living in the pond. Also don’t forget to provide water for the wildlife, keep an eye on this freezing over also.
Attracting Wildlife This Winter
One of the best methods to attract wildlife to your gardens is by providing food. Putting out a small amount will encourage wildlife to visit your gardens- but don’t put out too much or your garden will turn into a 5 star restaurant for the little visitors! Foxes: Put out cheese, boiled potatoes, chicken carcasses, bread and fat scraps at dusk. Squirrels: Squirrels do not hibernate, instead they cache food during autumn to eat when food is scarce. Offer them nuts such as hazelnuts, walnuts and almonds, plus some chopped apple, beans, carrots or spinach. Badgers: Badgers have a tough time finding their favourite food – earthworms – when the ground is frozen. Provide them with lightly cooked meats, cheese, peanuts and fruit. info taken from discoverwildlife.com
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