How to make your autumn garden wildlife-friendly

For happy bees and cheerful birds

We can all do with a helping hand from time to time. There’s nothing better than coming home to a steaming hot plate of food, timed to be ready for when you step through the door. Funnily enough, the wildlife in your autumn garden have the same attitude to life. If you want to give them a hand, you can use your plants to make yummy food and hidey holes for the animals you share the space with. Not only does it create an enjoyable bustle in the garden, it will also bring a host of grateful new friends. The arrival of the colder months, when things are getting harder, is a great time to start on your wildlife-friendly autumn garden. The birds will also drop by in the winter and, if you can get them to stay, they'll treat you to a concert in the spring.

Animal friendly autumn garden

DIY: fat balls for the birds

You can buy ready-made seed balls for feeding the birds, but it’s much more fun to make them yourself. Find out how to make tasty fat balls and fun snacks for passing robins, tits and sparrows.

Happy bees in the garden

Bees desperately need our help, and we need theirs as well. Bee numbers are declining because we have fewer wildflowers and plants outdoors and because harmful pesticides and diseases in the ecosystem. If the bees die out and can't pollinate our fruit and vegetable plants, we have a big problem. So do your bit and plant one of these bee-friendly plants in your garden. 

Zoological garden

Hedgehogs, toads, salamanders, butterflies and mice —  before you know it you’ve transformed your garden into a wildlife centre. Not everyone’s keen on them, but not all small creatures have to be unwelcome visitors. Did you know that hedgehogs get rid of slugs, for example? Lend a helping hand where you can, but also allow nature do its thing. Read more about how to attract the right animals and gently encourage harmful ones to leave your garden

6 handy slug and snail tips

Slugs and snails are the sort of wildlife that you'd prefer not to have in your garden. They’re way too keen on nibbling your fresh leaves. You can’t blame them for coming to visit though, so take a look at our six slug and snail-friendly tips for persuading them to move on.

Do you have any other wildlife-friendly garden tips? For instance, do you know how to make your own insect hotel? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #thejoyofplants.