As the digital age stretches out in front of us, it feels as though life is getting busier and more stressful. As a result, people are looking for a way to reduce this stress. And one of the best ways to achieve this is with an outside space.
But there’s more to outside spaces than just plants and garden furniture. The calming influence of wildlife is something that money simply can’t buy. Therefore, encouraging wildlife into your outside space is crucial. And designing wildlife friendly spaces is easier than you think.
Transform Your Outside Space
There is a lot of wildlife out there and, naturally, you don’t want to encourage everything in to your outside space. However, with careful planning you can design a wildlife friendly space which will deliver returns that are both quick and satisfying. Get started by carrying out the following:
- Install Bird Boxes: One of the most traditional methods of encouraging wildlife is by installing a bird box. These wooden houses are both budget friendly and discreet. Most commonly designed of wood with an entrance point on the front, a bird box provides a safe place for birds to shelter and roost. Such an environment may be difficult to find in the local area, so it is bound to attract birds to your outside space.
- Provide Shelter with a Log Pile: Not only does a log pile add a layer of natural authenticity to an outside space, but it also provides shelter for wildlife. It’s best to install such a feature in a quiet corner of your outside space in order to fully encourage any wildlife. At first, you’re mostly likely to find insects making their home within the log pile, but after time there’s every chance a hedgehog will also arrive.
- Carefully Choose Your Plant Life: Plants are a fantastic way of bringing wildlife into your garden, but you need to make sure you have the right plants. Buddleja, commonly known as the butterfly bush, is guaranteed to bring butterflies to your outside space during spring and summer. Likewise, you can encourage bumblebees by planting honeysuckle and delphiniums. The key is to research which plants are necessary to bring in the wildlife you are most excited by.
- Add an Aquatic Haven: An outside space isn’t simply about land based features, you should also embrace the world of water. And the best way to achieve this is by installing a pond. Thankfully, your installation doesn’t have to constitute a small reservoir. Even a pond that is only 1 square metre in size is capable of supporting frogs, newts and numerous species of dragonflies.
- Put Up Bird Feeders: All you need to install a bird feeder is a tree branch or anywhere you can stick a nail. Typically made from a mesh body with a plastic top and bottom, a bird feeder allows you to hang collections of seeds, nuts and fat balls in your outside space. These can either be hung over a tree branch or onto a supporting nail. It won’t take long for the local bird life to discover your bird feeders and should guarantee a variety of featured friends.
For more information on transforming your garden into a more wildlife friendly space, don’t hesitate to get in touch.