Learn & discover How can I help songbirds? Gardening for wildlife Insect havens They may be irritating to some, but insects are essential for birds and lots of other wildlife. Without them: Plants would not be pollinated Baby birds would not eat The planet would grind to a halt if there were no insects! Insects are fascinating, diverse and remarkable. From lovely, fluffy bumble bees to sparkling butterflies; from glistening millipedes to the secretive woodlouse. Bugs are amazing and we need to do everything we can to help encourage them. Plant as wide a range of nectar-rich flowers as possible – native species are best for bugs. Offer them somewhere to live, reproduce, store their food and hide from the elements with bug homes like these – or combine all of these into an amazing Bug Hotel! Recently felled trees are a perfect resource for making a nice log pile for a more natural looking Bug Boarding House – offering 5 star accommodation for many species! Why not consider adding a worm composter? Worms have as much importance as insects in the food chain. Don’t forget hedgehogs – areas for insects and worms are perfect for hedgehogs and if they are in a quieter, sheltered part of the garden then this could be the perfect place for them to hibernate over winter. You could offer them a Hogitat, or if you build a bug hotel you could include a hog-home on the ground level.