Wildlife friendly garden design

Wildlife Friendly Garden Design

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Skipper butterfly sipping some nectar from a comfrey flower in early summer, in a garden in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. Young blackbird, newly fledged, is safe in the woven vines of a clematis, where it can doze in the sun.  Wildlife garden design in Bedfordshire. Wildlife area in a Bedfordshire garden – bushes are allowed to grow into meshes of twigs and branches providing cover for birds.  Honeysuckle, hawthorn and roses provide food for birds and nectar for insects. Mixing some wildflowers with cultivated varieties adds to the beauty of the border and provides nectar for butterflies and bees (and a home for the two small spiders in the corner!).  Flower border design in a garden in Bedfordshire. Frog in a Berkhamsted garden – a long-term resident just come out from the undergrowth.  Wildlife in a Hertfordshire garden. Tadpoles in a small pond in Bedfordshire.  Wildlife corner of a small garden. Unexpected visitor to the bird feeder - a wood mouse has an evening snack of peanuts.  Wildlife friendly garden in Bedfordshire. Planting design for wildlife, providing seeds for birds to eat in winter, nectar for insects in summer, and a wildlife habitat all year round. Robin collecting food for its young in wildlife friendly garden. Blue Tit chick just about to leave the nest – looking up to where its parent sits encouraging it.  Wildlife garden design in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Blackbird’s nest in a climbing rose.  The eggs are warm in the nest while the bird is briefly away.  Wildlife friendly garden in Bedfordshire. Comma butterfly on a sedum in late summer – building up reserves for hibernation.  Garden design in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

Designing your garden to be friendly to wildlife can give you the pleasure of watching birds, butterflies and other animals, and also helps support a healthy ecological balance in the garden.

Having a frog friendly garden means that you can have helpers in keeping slugs at bay. Birds are good at picking insect pests from bark and leaves. Ladybird beetles feed on aphids and help keep the roses and vegetable clear.

Having a corner of the garden which provides shelter for wildlife is of benefit to the whole garden, or wildlife can be considered in the design of structure and planting all around the garden.

My qualifications in biology and ecology combine well with my garden design skills to enable me to produce wildlife gardens, or simply to encourage more ecological richness in any garden - whilst making the garden a pleasant place for humans as well!

The pictures above, taken in gardens which I have designed, show animals as they are busy going about their lives, in the background, making the garden a richer and more interesting place.

The pictures of the garden path and of the birds illustrate the importance of twiggy shrubs and trees in providing a safe habitat for smaller birds – where visiting sparrow hawks and magpies cannot reach them or their nests. The garden design also provides places for insects, frogs and hedgehogs to hibernate.

The butterflies and bees are attracted by the presence of food plants – and plants can be chosen to provide nectar over as long a period as possible, as well as food for larvae and safe places to pupate.

By the way, there is wildlife in all my garden pictures – it’s just mostly out of sight!

I have a degree in biology, specialising in ecology and botany and am also a qualified garden designer. I have designed, advised on, and worked on the production and care of wildlife friendly gardens and of wildlife areas within gardens in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, North London, South London and Kent.

I am skilled in selecting plants which will thrive in local conditions and that provide conditions to suit the local wildlife. My wildlife garden designs include layouts, structures and planting that are wildlife friendly.