Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Make your garden wildlife friendly

  • hedgehog
  • beefly
  • frog

Born Free is raising funds to support rescue centres in the UK as they rescue sick, injured and orphan wild animals such as hedgehogs, badgers, foxes and deer. But we can all do our bit to help, so here are just a few ways  you can make your garden more wildlife friendly.

  • Compost heaps and log piles provide good shelter for frogs and toads.  A toad home can simply be made by turning a plant pot upside down, making a hole in the side and filling with leaves.

  • Night scented flowers, such as honeysuckle or evening primrose, help attract bats.  Bat boxes should be placed as high as possible and never
    use preservatives on the wood as this is toxic to bats.

  • Leave an area of your garden ‘wild’ – hedgehog homes should be placed in a quiet and shaded area of the garden where they won’t be disturbed.

  • Avoid using slug pellets,  many contain metaldehyde which will kill a range of wildlife, including hedgehogs.

  • If you have to use netting for your plants please make sure that it is at least a foot above the ground, otherwise hedgehogs can become entangled in the netting.

  • Ponds, whether small or large will attract an abundance of wildlife. Position the pond in a sunny part of your garden and ensure that it has at least one gently sloping side, or form a ramp so that hedgehogs and other creatures are able to escape.  If you have young children and are concerned about the dangers of a pond then a bog garden would be an ideal alternative.

  • Please make sure that you use peat-free compost on your garden.

  • Plant native shrubs, trees and hedgerows, that will provide food and shelter.

  • Make a modest hole in your garden fence at ground level so that hedgehogs can roam freely from garden to garden.

  • Provide a bird table/feeders and bird bath.
Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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