5 Fascinating Wildlife Facts

We love learning about garden wildlife and all the benefits they bring. Here are some interesting facts about you may not know.

Garden Wildlife Facts

80 Slugs In One Night!

Hedgehogs are a fantastic and natural way to control slugs, eating up to 80 per night! They love other foods too, such as minced meat, tinned dog and cat food (chicken or turkey flavour), as well as crushed cat biscuits.

Hogitat Hedgehog Retreat

If you want to give your hedgehog some five star hospitality, place a Hogitat Hedgehog Retreat in your garden. Perfect for hibernation during the winter and as a nesting box in the summer. This offers them a predator-proof retreat and feeding station, and extra protection from lawnmowers and garden tools.

Top Tip
Help encourage hedgehogs into your garden by making a small hole in your fence or gate to allow them into your plot. If you are worried about foxes or badgers, make the hole no bigger than a 12x12cm.

 

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Who’s Got Smelly Feet?

Did you know that bumblebees have smelly feet? There’s actually a really cool reason! After feeding on a flower they leave a scent, which lets other bees know that the flower will contain very little nectar or pollen. This helps other bees avoid wasting their time or energy on the flower.

Bumble Bee Garden WildlifeBee Bug House Garden Wildlife

This superb Bee & Bug House attracts beneficial insects including ladybirds, lacewings and solitary bees. Solitary bees will lay eggs in the wooden tubes and will pollinate your plants. Includes a free guide to solitary bees and free wildflower seeds to be sown nearby to attract beneficial insects.

Top Tip
You can encourage bees to your garden with colourful wildflowers that they find absolutely irresistible. Bees are particularly attracted to the colours violet and yellow.

 

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17 Bat Species

There are 17 different bat species in the UK, all of which can eat thousands of garden pests each night. Bats have huge appetites after all that flying around, and a tiny common pipistrelle can eat around 3,000 midges, mosquitoes and other small flies in a single night.

Bat Garden Wildlife   Conservation Bat Box Garden Wildlife

A Bat Conservation Box can help declining bat populations by providing them with a warm home, remaining at a constant temperature throughout winter. Sadly over recent decade’s British bat populations have declined considerably as a result of habitat loss and human disturbance.

Top Tip
Place your Bat Box on a wall or tree between 2.5m to 5m off the ground. Make sure to face your box in a direction that will receive partial sun during the day, but avoid direct sunlight.

 

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Robins Just Love To Sing

The robin is one of the few UK birds to sing all year round. You may often hear the robin starting the dawn chorus and being one of the last birds to stop singing at night - it can easily be triggered into full song in the middle of the night.

Bird Feeder Cups Garden WildlifeUK Robin Bird Garden Wildlife

These colourful Bird Feeder Cups with a ground spike are perfect for flower borders, lawns, wildlife gardens, pots or planters. They'll brighten your garden or veg plot whilst providing birds with a hearty meal. The cup has drainage holes and is made from maintenance-free powder-coated steel.

Top Tip
Use bird feed mixtures that contain plenty of flaked maize, sunflower seeds, and peanut granules to keep birds healthy and happy.

 

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Sunbathing Butterflies

You may often see butterflies basking in the sun with their wings wide open. This is because butterflies can only feed or fly when their bodies are warmed to at least 30° C, and they have to gain this heat from the sunshine.

UK Butterfly Garden WildlifeButterfly House

Butterfly habitats and feeders can provide a safe and dry area for butterflies to lay eggs, nest and eventually hibernate. This cleverly designed Butterfly House will help declining butterfly populations thrive in your garden, and it even includes a free butterfly identification and life cycle guide, as well as a free pack of top 10 native wildflower seeds.

Top Tip
Butterfly houses should be set up in a sunny spot of your garden that is preferably sheltered from winds.

 

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