How to make your autumn garden wildlife-friendly

For happy bees and cheerful birds

We can all do with helping hand from time to time. There’s nothing nicer than coming home and finding that supper’s ready and all you have to do is sit down and eat. The same applies to the wildlife in your autumn garden. You can use your flora to give the fauna a natural helping hand. Not only does it create an enjoyable bustle in the garden, it also ensures grateful new friends. The change of season is a good time to start on your wildlife-friendly autumn garden. The birds will then also drop by in the winter, and with a bit of luck they will treat you to a concert in the spring.

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DIY: fat balls for the birds

You can buy ready-made fat balls for feeding the birds, but it’s much more fun to make them yourself. Just like a home-made stew, which always tastes better than a ready meal, doesn’t it? Find out how you can make tasty and fun snacks for passing robins, tits and sparrows.

Happy bees in the garden

Bees desperately need our help - and we need them. Bee numbers are declining because we have fewer flowers and plants outdoors and because they are being killed by pesticides and diseases. If the bees have no food, we have a big problem. So do your bit and plant one of the bee-friendly plants in your garden. 

Zoological garden

Hedgehogs, toads, salamanders, butterflies, mice. Before you know it you’ve transformed your garden into a zoo. Not everyone’s keen on them, but not all small creatures are unwelcome visitors. Did you know that hedgehogs get rid of slugs, for example? Lend a helping hand, but let nature do its thing. Read more about how to attract animals and gently encourage them to leave your garden

6 handy slug and snail tips

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

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.