Today we’re looking at how to attract animals and beneficial creatures into your garden.

If you want to attract foxes…

If you want to attract foxes into your garden, the RSPCA advice is to leave food scraps out for them – specifically chicken and potatoes. Foxes don’t generally provide any huge benefit to gardeners but it can also be said that they don’t really do any harm.

 

How to repel foxes

If you really don’t want any foxes in your garden The best way to reduce their visits is to make sure that all rubbish and food waste is secure inside a fully closed wheelie bin. Like all canines, foxes have a powerful sense of smell and can detect food over long distances.

 

We want to add that it is both illegal and inhumane to put down poison as a way to control foxes in your garden. We know you wouldn’t – you’re all far too lovely for that sort of thing.

 

How can I attract bats to my garden?

The best way to attract bats to your garden is to plant night scented flowers like jasmine, gardenia, wisteria, and moonflowers. These plants attract night flying insects like moths, and where there are night flying insects, there are also bats. Bat boxes, ponds, and wild areas also help to attract these brilliant creatures to your garden.

 

Make a wild patch

Leave an area of your garden purposefully full of twigs, branches, logs, and leaves. Making the perfect environment for a plethora of bugs and mini-beasts. If you have a wood burning stove, you probably already have a log pile. If you don’t, installing a small log pile makes an attractive addition to your garden and makes the perfect habitat for a whole range of tiny creatures.

 

Leaf pile

A pile of dead leaves and rotting wood stumps is the way to attract frogs, toads and newts. These creatures love damp spots so it would be even better if you could form an area in a dark and shady spot of your garden just for them.

 

 Frog and hedgehog-flap

Leave a little gap under your fence panels or cut out a hole, to encourage hedgehogs and frogs to travel around your neighbourhood. If you’ve created the perfect hedgehog environment, doing this makes it easier for our prickly friends to move about and find their perfect home.

 

Plant a native hedgerow

If you’re looking to replace a section of fencing, why not think about planting a native hedgerow instead? Birch, beech, oak and hawthorn are all native and make for a much more interesting division between you and your neighbour.

 

Bird feeders and tables

This one might seem obvious but supplying the local bird population with good fresh food and water is a brilliant way to attract all sorts of birds to your garden. Similarly, installing a small bird house on the side of your wall for a burgeoning bird family is the perfect way to bring nature closer to you.

 

We’ve got a range of great products to help you look after any feathered and furry friends you manage to attract. Why not check out our Burgon and Ball bird seed tins and our sweet little bird house?