Wildlife in May
The beauty of May and it’s wildlife
May holds a place in everyone’s heart- if it isn’t the excitement of the new leaves and greenery, the colours of the fresh flowers or the promise of warmer weather then it must be the birdsong and buzzing of bees that epitomises May. Make sure that whilst you give your garden all the TLC that it may have missed out on over the winter that you don’t neglect the wildlife as it is the whole ecosystem that gives May the feeling that we all love.
Looking out for wildlife and how to help
- – Check your hedges and shrubs for nesting birds before you trim them
- – Maybe give your bird bath a spring clean.
- – Making sure that your garden offers clean drinking water and food will attract birds who are trying to feed their young at this point, for this reason we recommend not filling the bird feeders with anything too large such as peanuts (which can act as a choking hazard for baby birds)
- – Also regularly cleaning the bird feeder to avoid the risk of bird pox.
- – To really offer birds a luxury stay in your garden it is nice to also provide nesting material, for example fur from any long haired pets will be gratefully picked up or hair from your hairbrush, so just ball it up and leave it on the lawn or in a fat ball holder.
Night time Wildlife
The beauty of May’s wildlife seeps into night time and bat watching at dusk can be a great activity. Unfortunately the bat population is coming under threat in the UK due to loss of habitat and pollution yet encouraging bats to come to your garden can benefit you as they feed off several unwanted insects such as mosquitoes and midges. Encourage bats by turning off your garden lights when they’re not in use, growing some plants that will attract moths overnight and by avoiding using pesticides where possible. If you want to build a bat box, the best placement for these is somewhere undisturbed and with some sun as bats love warm places.