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Making Your Garden Wildlife Friendly | Children and Wildlife

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There is still so much to do in our garden and I think it won't be until next year when it will start to feel finished. But one thing this spring that has been paramount for the children is to encourage some wildlife into the garden. It's so easy to do and doesn't have to be expensive if you look at what you can recycle around you. 

Nest Boxes and bird feeders 

We made a couple of nest boxes from milk cartons and sticks – you can see the full tutorial on Wayfair.

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We also added a few bird boxes and bird feeders from the Wayfair range. Bird feeders can hang pretty much everywhere. We planted a post into a bush and bung a few from there to deter our cat from climbing in the trees and chasing birds. You can also make your own bird feeders using lard and fir cones like we did with the Dorset Wildlife Trust.

Making a lard & fir cone #birdfeeders (or as Megan said lamb & fur cone ekkkk) @dorsetwildlife

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Our neighbour has a lovely pond and we keep finding a few frog escapees in the garden. So Daddy Moo and Charlie used a redundant washing bowl and some rocks to make a small pond. We are hoping to get a bit of frog spawn in there.


@DorsetWildlife Charlie (7) just built this it's going to be a wildlife pond (it's small but beautiful)

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Bug Hotels

invertebrate hotel homemade

In our old house we had a lovely invertebrate hotel (above) made from a massive wooden wine rack and odds we found out and about. For Charlie's birthday we bought him a ready made one from Morrisons (think it was £3) to get us started. Charlie is working on a project at school to build one. You literally can use anything from old pallets to wine racks – anything that has a stacked shape, with holes you can place things into, such as rocks, moss, shells, broken pottery and bamboo etc. is going to be a winner.

Hope our bugs can't read!! #bughouse #gardens #wildlifefriendly

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Planting flowers

Flowers don't just look pretty but they also attract a plethora of insects – bees, butterflies and caterpillars. Kew Gardens are currently giving away free packets of wild flower seeds.  If you don't have any flower beds then use plant pots - remember you can recycle pretty much everything as long as you add drainage holes and some small stones - old wellie boots, car tyres, plastic containers, china teacups, buckets.

What plans do you have to make your garden wildlife friendly this summer?  

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  1. Some of my favourite farm activities in here and all great to have in the garden too

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  2. Wow these tips are really amazing thank you for sharing.Speciall nest boxes and ponds i love gardening and i love to see animals and birds in my gardens which makes me feel relieved and stress free. thank you for the amazing post am gonna make a pond today at my favorite home garden

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  3. Great post and ideas - thanks for sharing :)

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  4. Oh I love that bug hotel, that's what we need to make next. It's great making your garden wildlife friendly, the children love it, learn from it and it's fun.

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  5. So funny you have posted about this- I was just saying to my husband I want to make a bug hotel. Such a fun idea!

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  6. Oh these are great ideas. thanks for sharing with #TheList x

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