Gardening for Birds and Wildlife

Whether you have a window box or a large garden, there are many things you can make, grow or provide to help wildlife – whatever the space you have

A typical suburban garden can get about 20 species of birds visiting

Offering food, habitat, water and protection from predators helps birds and gives great enjoyment for you.  In return they help to keep pest insects and slugs in check as well as help to bring peace and wellbeing.  There are many other benefits to gardening alongside making space for nature - learn more here: 25 benefits of gardening

There are all sorts of types of garden and all sorts of structures and plants within them which can help your birds and wildlife.


Think about what the wildlife needs and plan your space, planting and structures with this in mind.  Think about the changing seasons and how the food sources and habitat will alter with the weather.


The key points to remember for a great wildlife garden are: 

  • As much variety as possible - the greater the diversity of habitat, the greater the diversity of species will use it.

  • Offer a range of foods sources, both natural and supplementary

  • Offer a source of water if possible

  • Provide nesting sites for birds and other structures for roosting and other animals

  • Avoid chemicals – attract helpful wildlife and you shouldn’t need any chemicals

  • Native species are best for our native wildlife to flourish


Click below for hints and tips for each area to help your birds and wildlife:

Wild Areas
Who says your garden has to be tidy?
Small Garden
Small gardens are the most numerous and often the most fun to work in and enjoy!
Trees and Woods
Trees offer even more opportunities for birds, insects and other wildlife
Vegetable gardens and allotments
Rock gardens and stone walls
Plants to help picky eaters
Sheds, garages and greenhouses
Shrubs and hedges
Lawn and Meadow
Insecticides and weedkillers
Insect Havens
Fences and Walls
Bird borders
Balcony, yard and patio gardens
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