Feeding wild birds is really quite simple and enjoyable. There are many ways to provide food for your feathered visitors and the bigger the variety of food sources you provide in your yard, the greater the variety of visitors you will attract. First prize is to have a garden that provides natural food sources for the birds. These will be in the ...continue reading
Some people are afraid of bats because of all the stories often told about them. Fortunately the scary stories about bats are not true and it is quite safe to have these creatures in your yard. They will not attack you to suck your blood and they won’t get caught in your hair. If you want to know what attracts bats to your garden then I guess you know that they are very helpful little creatures and you want to ...continue reading
Birds are fascinating creatures and they have succeeded in capturing the attention of many millions of people around the world. We like to watch them and see how they live, take pictures of them and admire their flying skills. There is a lot we have learned about the different birds, but we still hardly ever get to see them hatching and raising their chicks. Being able to watch a bird build a nest and make it home and then to watch them hatching and raising their chicks is a real treat. This has to be one of the most fascinating times in a birds life. Not only is it difficult to see where the birds nest is, but if you do find it, it is often impossible to see what is going on in the nest. We know we can’t get too close without disturbing the birds, so what is ...continue reading
In order to have a good variety of wildlife in your garden you need to have a healthy insect population. Insects do some very important jobs in the garden and are the food of many creatures.
You can help to encourage more insects to live in your garden by knowing how to make an insect house or insect hotel. You can have one big one, or perhaps a few smaller ones will suit your situation better. ...continue reading
Old logs left to start rotting will create a haven for many different plants, bugs and wild creatures in your garden. From those that feed on the rotting wood and live in it, to those that eat these creatures in turn. The rotting log ecosystem will evolve and change as the wood decays, providing homes for many different creatures during that time.
To help you get started with this I will tell you about some ways to use logs in the garden. To keep it wildlife friendly make sure that none of ...continue reading
It was only recently that I came to know about butterfly hibernation boxes (sometimes called butterfly houses). I have never seen one in a garden in my area and the idea made me rather inquisitive. So I set out to do some research about butterfly houses. Do they work?
What is a butterfly house?
A butterfly house or hibernation box is a small wooden box with slits in the front for butterflies to get in and out. Inside there are normally some upright pieces of bark or moss fixed to the back for the butterflies to hold onto. The idea is that the butterfly species that overwinter as adults will be able to use these boxes as a safe place to spend the winter, protected from the weather. Butterflies could also use them to take ...continue reading
Did you know that Wagner’s Greatest Variety Premium Wild Bird Food is the best-selling wild bird food on Amazon? When I saw this I decided I was going to take a look at what made it so popular.
About the Product
It is created to cater for the different tastes of different birds and it contains a mix of 12 different ingredients, including sunflower seed. That is a really good variety of seed! This variety will cater to the tastes of many different birds.
At least 40% of the mixture is made up of sunflower seed, both black sunflower and striped. These also come in different forms: whole seeds, hulled and chips. This also means that birds of different sizes will be able to choose their favourite.
Other seeds that are included are red and white millet, cracked corn and red milo. These are popular with a variety of ground feeding birds such as Mourning Doves, various Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos. Also included are nyjer (nyger), white, purple and red safflower, canary seed and peanut kernels. These ...continue reading
Frogs and toads are very similar and also very different. They are both reptiles and have similar diets.
Exactly what is the difference between frogs and toads and how do you tell them apart?
Body shape and skin
Frogs usually have a sleek body with a smooth skin. Their back legs are quite long and this helps them to be very good at both swimming and jumping. Usually a frog will look shiny and wet. If you catch a frog you will find that it is quite difficult to hold because the skin is very smooth and slippery. Toads, on the other hand, have a fatter appearance and the skin looks bumpy and leathery. Their back legs are shorter and fatter and they often walk instead of jumping. When they do jump, they only jump a ...continue reading
Most of us know how important pollination is, not only in our own gardens but also for food crops. Just what insects pollinate flowers and how do they do it?
Pollination is important, not only in the flower garden, but also in the food garden, for fruit trees and for some crops. Without pollination the plants will not make fruit, seeds and nuts like they are supposed to. Pollination by wind is the way many fields of cops are pollinated, but in our gardens we need the insects to help us. This is just another reason why you would want to attract pollinator insects to your garden.
Insects that pollinate flowers are often called ...continue reading
Why would you need a pond in your garden if you already have birds and insects all around? It really won’t make a big difference, will it?
You might be surprised just how many different creatures will be attracted to your garden when you add a healthy wildlife pond. It is a completely new habitat all on its own and adds interest to the garden by supporting different types of plants and creatures.
Let’s explore this a bit and see why your wildlife garden needs a pond. ...continue reading