Wildlife gardens are often planned around a wildlife pond, native trees and shrubs, bird feeders and wildflowers, but it is often the little things, the micro habitats, that make the garden really work for nature.
Creating a thriving ecosystem is all about thinking like the species who will live there. If you want to provide a habitat for lesser stag beetles in the garden, think about their specific requirements - plenty of decaying wood (particularly old stumps that have wood above the ground where the females lay their eggs) and they can absolutely thrive in your garden. The same goes for smooth newts - it is one thing to attract them to your pond, but they spend most of the year on land so need damp vegetation to hunt as well as stone and log piles to hibernate in. This understanding of the particular needs of certain species can be applied throughout the garden and will greatly increase the visiting wildlife.
At Wild Horizons we specialise in these additional habitats, ranging from extensive deadwood habitats (both above and below ground), to grass snake egg laying sites, mining bee habitats and custom bird and bat box installations, with everything in between.
If you have an idea for a specific micro habitat, we are here to advise and create, bringing nature to your doorstep at every opportunity.
If you have any questions or want to discuss your site's potential and local wildlife's needs, get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.
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