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Making your garden insect and wildlife friendly
22 April 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
|Doing our bit for wildlife is vital for our native species, who are facing the challenges of habitat loss and climate change. This short video workshop introduces how you can help them in your garden. Connecting with nature is beneficial to our mental and physical health and adds beauty and interest to our lives.
The Yearnstane Project:
Birds are at the start of the nesting season and the race is on to make the most of the good weather and abundant food supply.
Like a long haul race that we might watch on TV, a marathon or the Tour de France, the birds could do with some help and support along the way.
That’s what we can do for the birds; provide them with food and water to keep them going while they frantically try to raise their brood of chicks.
The chicks don’t eat the seeds and nuts whilst they are still in the nest, they need soft bodied invertebrate prey like caterpillars, worms, spiders and lacewings.
We can create habitats within which these creatures can thrive. Plant a variety of plants and flowers that will flower throughout the year, which are all different shapes sizes and heights. This will help to create lots of wee niches for a wider variety of creatures to thrive.
Do a lot by doing nothing. Leave some piles of leaves; don’t cut everything back at the end of the year. This will provide great overwintering habitat for many species, from snails to bumblebees
Queen bees are emerging from nearly 7 months of hibernation, you can see them swaying through the air, looking kind of dazed.
It is vital they get some food as soon as possible to build up the strength they will need to build a nest site and lay the first of the next generation.
Any early flowering plants in your garden are a lifeline. Crocuses, Pulmonaria, Primrose are some examples.