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DEVELOPER Barratt Homes is encouraging householders to make their gardens a haven for wildlife.
The builder is working with groups such as the RSPB to help encourage wildlife in urban and rural areas, and it has these tips to share:
- Planting herbs like lavender, marjoram and thyme will help attract butterflies and bees to your garden.
- A small pond or water feature can be key to encouraging pollinators like birds and dragonflies, plus small creatures such as frogs. A birdbath is another, easier option; a broad and shallow one is best.
- Collect cuttings and seeds from willing friends and family and also from plants that have already flowered in your garden. Plant up in beds, in pots and up walls and water every day.
- Deadheading will promote the growth of new shoots and buds. Some summer shrubs, including varieties of rose, may bloom a second time, providing more pollen for wildlife. At the end of the season, leave the seed heads standing – they will look great through winter and will offer seeds just when birds need them.
- Delay hedge cutting until September to ensure any nesting birds have flown. Consider planting hardy evergreens such as conifers, as a haven for birds such as blackbirds, robins and greenfinches.