Creating a Wildlife Garden Post 1

Bird Bath - we have 2 of these small cast iron bird baths in the garden
Bird Bath - we have 2 of these small cast iron bird baths in the garden
As regular readers will know in August of this year (2014) the family and I moved into our new home in Wolverton Mill, as well as a huge change to the location the patch is based in (sorry Lodge lake but Manor Farm far out does you) it also meant a change in garden, and in fact we moved into a new home with only quite a small yard (the front over looks the River Ouse Valley so I can live without masses of garden). The other change was moving from rented accommodation to owning our own home, and this means we can do as we like to the garden and so this post is the first to show how we plan on making our garden more wildlife friendly.

Current Garden


As you can see the current garden is mainly patio with a few edging plants and the odd pot I have highlighted the various areas below and numbered them after the photo will appear a few details of what we want to do to each section (hopefully) now I'm not a great gardened, I leave that to Zoe mainly so it may take a while for things to establish, but I hope to include a few updates as and when we do some things (some we have already started).

The New Layout Details

Current Garden with highlighted areas of change
Current Garden with highlighted areas of change

Area 1 - This area currently homes some climbers (which will stay) and some tall spiky plants (no idea what they are called, but I hate them), these will be removed (maybe potted maybe offloaded to someone else) and replaced with insect friendly plants like buddleia, some alliums and others.

One of the lavender plants currently in the garden
One of the lavender plants currently in the garden


Area 2 - This is currently home to a hebe and a Fuchsia we will be moving these plants to pots (see 4) and then the aim with the small raised bed is to turn it into a nice pond ideal for attracting Odonata (as you know one of my favourite families of insect) as well as potentially frogs and toads and other water dwelling insects.

Fuchsia currently growing in the garden (we will keep and pot up)
Fuchsia currently growing in the garden (we will keep and pot up)


Area 3 - this is currently the washing line, we have one that attaches to a wall (a traditional line if you like) so this area will be converted into the bird feeding area, it's far enough away from the fences to offer a little protection from cats leaps and central enough to be easy to watch.

Area 4 - the Patio, this will remain an area for us to sit and eat but we plan on filling it with potted plants, currently we have a load of lavender in pots (that will end up out front) and a buddliea but we will be adding lots more, my aim is to get a very insect friendly garden (hey it gives me more to photograph).

Area 5 - these two small spots have already been planted with various forms of lavender that should flower and feed the bees, butterflies and other insects throughout the summer and on into autumn, they will also give us nice hits of lavender scent as we brush past to leave the grdern or go to the garage.

Lavender already planted in the gravel beds
Lavender already planted in the gravel beds


Hopefully all these measures will mean our small garden will be full of life, colour and scent throughout the year, but mainly through the summer, I want pollinators to be as welcome as possible and birds to be well fed (not sure what mammals we will get just hope it isn't rats, my one animal hate).

Other plans


As well as these plans we also want to add bird boxes around the back and are hoping to add some bat boxes to the front I was considering some of those under eave boxes for swallows/martins but I have no idea if they actually work, and although in the summer we had plenty of both over I don't recall seeing any nests in the hosues so maybe they nest a little further away.

A second variety of Lavender ready to plant out
A second variety of Lavender ready to plant out


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