HAZEL - Bushy trees like hazel provide extra nesting sites and escape routes from predators. The leaves, flowers and fruits support a range of wildlife.
DOG ROSE - Tall natural hedges made of dog rose, hornbeam and field maple create dense structures, perfect for hiding and as safe nesting sites for birds.
JASMINE - Great fragrant climbers for softening walls and fences. Tits can often be seen eating insects and buds in spring. Try putting nest boxes within for extra cover.
WILDFLOWERS - Creating a wildflower meadow is great for encouraging insects. Many wildflower seed mixes have nectar-rich flowers perfect for bees and butterflies.
BUTTERFLY BUSH - As the name suggests, these colourful flowers attract butterflies and other insects. Needs lots of pruning to keep confined and produce lots of flowers.
HAWTHORN - Hawthorns are dense horny trees that provide great nesting sites. The fruits, 'haws', are favourites of migrating birds such as redwings and fieldfares.
LONG GRASSES - Grasses provide cover for wildlife to forage and make good nesting material. Ornamentals like pampas, switch and feather grass look great and help wildlife!
BRAMBLES - Songbirds love to nest in brambles and forage the fruits. Some moths lay their eggs on the underside of the leaves and insects visit flowers from May-Sept.
HONEYSUCKLE - The sweet smell of honeysuckle attracts insects from all around, creating a wildlife haven. June-August is prime time for flowers, with fruits to follow.
SUNFLOWERS - There are so many sunflower varieties to try attract birds and bees. Leaving seedheads after flowering is a great treat for finches and long-tailed tits.
NASTURTIUM - One of the favoured plants of many caterpillar species. Butterflies lay their eggs on the underside of the leaves and the nectar attracts bumblebees.
ROWAN These hardy trees require little maintenance and provide a home for many insects. These insects and the rowan berries are a favourite of starlings.
Whether the bird prefers insects, seeds or fruit will affect which plants provide the best nourishment.
Try these to attract different species.
Insect Eaters: Evening primrose, lavender, thistle lemon balm
Seed Eaters : Dandelion, Alder, Sunflower, Beech
Fruit Eaters : Cotoneaster, Blackcurrant, Dogrose, Wild strawberry
Omnivores : Bramble, Hazel, Ivy, Firethorn
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