Down in Nana's Garden
Though some of the pictures in this blog entry were not actually taken during my visit, they are genuine visitors to Nans's Garden! Who'd have thunk that you could get such variety in a suburban back garden, It goes to show just how important our back gardens can be in fight to preserve our Native wildlife.
Of course, nature needs a little help sometimes and by providing all the little mini beast with a place to shelter and hide, perhaps something like the little mini beast hotel in picture below. These kind of homes and and hides can encourage them to visit and our gardens which in turn encourages slightly larger critters, like the hedgehog that was snapped walking up the garden path in the late spring of this year.
There is also a regular visitor to Nana's garden, and though robin's are a fairly common sight to out British gardens this little chap looks a little different, sporting a unusual flash of white feathers on each wing.
But you don't have to give your whole garden up to get the wildlife to come...just letting a small patch of garden do what ever it wants to will provide food and hiding places for the many species that can be found in our urban gardens. Put up a bird feeder, let your grass grow, leave that bit of wood to rot at the bottom of the garden, even just letting the weeds grow can bring in new visitors.
Though some visitors may not take up a permanent residence in your garden, you mind find plenty will find safe passage through your little of Eden, Just like the little hopper that you should be able to spot in this picture if you look really carefully.
I think maybe we should get the Brownies on board with this.....
So go on...why not build your wildlife half way house...in the words of the RSPB... if you build it, they will come.