What is a Habitat?
A habitat simply means the natural home of a plant, animal or other creature. It is a special place that a creature uses as its home. There are many different types of habitats that are suited to different creatures. These could be trees, bushes, the sticks and leaves under the bushes, open grassy areas, sandy areas and ponds.
Different types of creatures need different types of food, shelter and breeding areas. By having different habitats in your wildlife garden you will attract different types of creatures. It is quite easy to make some of these areas with a little bit of planning.
Big trees, medium sized trees, shrubs and hedges offer homes to different types of birds. The bigger types of birds will not usually even sit on small trees and shrubs, they like the tall trees. Some birds like to feed on the ground under bushes and hop around from branch to branch in these bushes. Some even make nests on the ground under the bushes. Other birds like to nest in open grassy areas where they can see danger from far away.
A pond or bog garden might attract frogs and toads, but will also be used by birds and other animals for drinking water. There will also be water insects that will attract birds that eat these.
There are many different types of flowers and again different kinds will attract different creatures. Some will attract butterflies, some bees and some ladybirds. Some will even attract hummingbirds or sun birds.
An area in the garden that has sticks, leaves and dry grass lying around can be home to a variety of insects and other creepy crawlies. Some birds will come and scratch around in there looking for food.
Rocky areas might attract lizards and toads.
As you can see there are a lot of options. You don’t have to have them all and you don’t have to put them all in place at the same time. You can decide to start with just one type of area and you might be surprised at the difference it can make to the number of creatures that visit your garden.
Your garden will slowly get more and more wild creatures visiting it as you start to make it more nature friendly. At the same time these visitors will make it a much more interesting place.
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