Welcoming Wildlife in the Winter

November 13, 2017
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Welcome Wildlife Into Your Garden This Winter!

From late Autumn through to the end of Winter, food supply is hindered and shelter and warmth become an issue for wildlife. Frost begins to appear on the ground, making it harder and much colder- destroying habitats.

Helping Bird Species

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It is simple to provide for birds in the winter and to ensure that they have an efficient food supply to rely on. During the cold months birds begin to find alternative food sources to insects, eating the berries and bird feeders in your garden.

Providing supplementary food such as peanuts, suet, sunflower hearts and fat balls is a quick and easy task and is extremely beneficial to birds.

Additionally, bird species like to eat berries and fruits; therefore, planting berry and fruit shrubs/trees will contribute to the variety of food available in the winter.

Planting & Maintaining Shrubs In Your Garden 

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Shrubs can provide numerous animal species with a habitat and a place for hibernation and warmth.

Hedgehogs are just one example of a species that struggle to find shelter and warmth when the temperatures start to plummet. The winter berries and flowers that grow on shrubs and hedges will provide food for certain animal species as-well as give your garden an extra glow throughout the dull winter days. Shrubs and hedges act as a natural wind break, shelter animals from heavy rain and will most definitely increase the biodiversity in your garden; whilst flowering in the spring.

Protecting Pond Life From Frost

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When temperatures begin to descend, it is common for slow-flowing water to ice over. When ponds freeze over, the oxygen levels are reduced which can potentially kill any vegetation and organisms living beneath the water.

By simply adding a small object such as a tennis ball or something of a similar size to float around the water, the chances of the water becoming still and freezing over will reduce. Additionally, by breaking the ice you can create a water source for squirrels, birds or foxes to drink.

A pump will help to oxygenate the water for frogs and fish to respire. Try to avoid covering your pond because if the daylight is blocked out, plants and vegetation will struggle to photosynthesise, further reducing the oxygen levels within the water.

For more information, please call our Sales Team on 0800 907 85 90 8am-9pm.

We love receiving customer photographs, if you have any tips for welcoming wildlife or have any photos of the wildlife in your garden, please send these to customerservices@gravelmaster.co.uk and we will feature it on our social media pages.

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