Friday, June 22, 2018

15 Nov

Look Out For Garden Wildlife This November!

Birds…

Hedges and shrubs can be cut back this month but make sure you are not ridding your garden of berries essential for your garden bird’s survival. Clean out bird boxes, making sure to disinfect them before next spring. This provides shelter for birds during the winter and a place for them to rear their young next spring.

Create bundles of nesting material such as moss, hair and dry grass and hang them from trees, sheds or any other point where birds can reach them on a dry day.

Avoid feeding your birds anything unhealthy, even bread can be a disaster! Let them

instead, feast on healthy food such as fruit, nuts berries and insects.

Keep water available at all times near feeders or on your bird table. Bird needs it for drinking and to keep their wings in good condition. Provide both shelter and food. Give your bird boxes and bird baths some TLC to keep your garden friends happy.

Predatory wildlife.

Using prunings to create a wildlife habitat for your garden visitors. Ground beetles, toads, frogs and other predatory creatures will head to your garden for shelter and help you out next spring with pest problems.

Hedgehogs…

 This time of year will make their last round in search for cat food before bedding down for the winter. Put some out in your garden and  make sure when you are pruning low hedges and shrubs to watch out for hedgehogs!

Foxes…

Looking lovely in their thick winter coats. The young that you would have seen in September are now leaving their parents and seeking out their own territories.

Owls…

Barn owls struggle to survive in the cold because they don’t have the same waterproofing in their feathers as many other birds. They, therefore, refuse to fly in the rain and can only feed on clear days. If there is snow in your area it is likely that owls aren’t feeding very much at all as mice and other prey become even harder to spot.

If you are keen to spot barn owls, head out to fields on clear days and you are likely to see them flying above trying to spot vulnerable prey.

According to some conservationists, three quarters of British barn owls live in man-made nestboxes. Put up a barn owl nest box if you know they are in your area.


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