Yorkshire Residents Urged To Have Garden Wildlife in Mind While Gardening This Summer
As summer begins to take shape, so do Yorkshire gardens as they become havens for all creatures great and small. This June, the RSPB, the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, is sharing their top five gardening tips for attracting a whole host of garden wildlife to your doorstep; as the nation pick up their tools and don their green fingers.
According to the wildlife charity, June gardens are set to be brimming with garden wildlife. As birds forage for invertebrates to feed their chicks, bees, butterflies and other pollinators make the most of flowering plants and sunshine.
Whether you own a garden or a balcony, the RSPB has plenty of ideas for inviting nature to your greenspace. And here it’s shared its top five activities to inspire you this June:
Plant wildflowers for bees, butterflies and more
According to the RSPB, wildflower meadows, or ‘unimproved grasslands’ have been in sharp decline since the 1930s. And the UK has lost 99% of this precious habitat. Planting wildflowers such as cornflowers, birds-foot trefoil and field poppies can help a range of wildlife. That includes birds, bees and butterflies as well as bats this summer. How’s that for a beautiful array of nature on your doorstep?
Less work means more for nature
Last month might have been Plantlife’s “No-Mow May”. But leave your lawn long for longer to spot wildflowers such as ox-eye daisies, white clover and selfheal. The nectar produced by flowers like these is estimated to support around 400 bees a day. So your lawn could fast become a hive of activity.
Don’t forget that at this time of year nesting birds like house sparrows are likely to be making use of hedges and shrubs in your gardens too. So it’s important to put down your hedge trimmers. It’s also illegal to disturb birds during nesting season (April to September) so the RSPB advise against trimming hedges or shrubs during this time.
Keep an eye out for fledglings
Garden favourites like blue tits certainly benefit from nestboxes and other cosy spots in hedges and shrubs. Keep your eyes on your nestboxes or nearby sheltered areas as fledglings start to emerge for the first time. They’ll no doubt look a little less coordinated to start with but they soon master the art of flying!
Leave out mud for house martins
House martins have returned to our shores from Africa and are now set to be looking to build or repair their nests. In dry summers, leaving out a dish of mud can really give these special birds a helping hand. It helps them to make their intricate mud-built nests. Remaining faithful to the same nest site annually, it’s also important to ensure their nest is accessible for their return.
Keeping it cool for amphibians
Meanwhile, this year’s amphibians will be leaving garden ponds for the first time, seeking cool, damp shelter. And creating a suitable spot for amphibians to take shelter in is simple. Half bury a pile of logs and fill any gaps with fallen leaves and moss. This can give frogs and other amphibians the perfect spot to hide in.
As well as these five top tips, the RSPB has a whole host of other activities for green-fingered gardeners and families alike to get involved with. RSPB gardener Shirley Sampson describes: “Looking after our greenspaces and having nature on our doorsteps can bring us valuable places to unwind and find solace. Summer sees a hive of activity in the natural world. And your garden, balcony or window box can act as a precious mini-nature reserve for the wildlife that needs it most.”
Head to the RSPB’s website here to find out more and to build your own personalised gardening for wildlife plan today