Here at Preston Park, we’re passionate about looking after wildlife as much as we possibly can. Our fabulous Park Rangers have gathered some top tips for you to use in your garden this winter so you too can make a difference!
Feed the Birds
Leaving out bird feed is a great place to start when you want to be as kind to the animals in your garden as you can. It’s wise to avoid feeding them things like left-over bread and instead leave them left-over fats or rinds. Even better, you could make your own bird cake using a mixture of lard (or vegetable suet) with a handful of bird seed squashed together into a ball. They’ll just love it!
Help the Hedgehogs
You can help the hedgehogs by cutting a hole into the bottom of your fence ready for the spring. This will help hedgehogs move around more freely in their quest to find food and a mate. You can even get creative and make a little sign or border for the hole to make it look more attractive in your garden.
Prune Back Bushes & Trees
One of the best times to prune your bushes and trees is in winter before flowering season. Deciduous plants shed leaves through the winter and naturally send food to their roots, meaning if you prune them at this time, they’ll have ample resources stored to continue to grow healthily.
Remove Old Bird Nests
In preparation for the breeding season to begin, we would recommend removing any old bird nests from your bird boxes to make space for new ones. If you don’t yet have a bird box in your garden, there’s no time like the present! There are plenty of variations to choose from, so you can make sure it fits in nicely with your garden décor. You could also have a go at making your own!
Our Park Rangers will be on hand to help you and your family create a wooden nestbox this February Half Term. All the tools and materials will be provided and it costs £6 per nestbox. You can find out more and book your place here.
Cut Back Wildflower Meadows
If you have wildflower meadows, we recommend that you cut them back around this time of year, and seed over them in time for a promising bloom in the spring.
Create a Hibernaculum
You can welcome wildlife into your garden by creating a hibernaculum. You may attract creatures such as frogs and toads. It doesn’t have to be anything too extravagant – a simple log pile will do!
If you have any further questions about alterations you can make to your garden to accommodate wildlife, please feel free to get in touch. Our Rangers would love to help you.