May has arrived and the days are getting warmer and longer. Many of us are starting to tidy up spring plants and plant out summer flowers. It’s also the perfect time to start thinking about how you can help wildlife in your garden. A simple way to do this is to grow more plants. Not only are plants beautiful, colourful and richly scented, making outdoor spaces more welcoming, relaxing, and interesting but many are good for wildlife. They can provide varied food sources, pollen and nectar for bees and butterflies, shelter for wildlife and nesting spots for birds. No matter what size your space is, plants can help transform it into a joyful space for you and the nature on your doorstep. For example:
I find planting a relaxing and rewarding activity, and like me, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll see pollinators buzzing into your garden. If you are interested in giving planting a go, here are five wildlife-friendly, easy-growing plants to get anybody started:
Don’t forget - when tending to your outdoor spaces this spring and summer, ensure you take extra care, our birds are busy nesting and raising their young, so it’s best to put down the pruning shears and avoid cutting hedges, trees and shrubs, as this is the time of year when you are most at risk of disturbing nest sites.
For more wildlife friendly gardening tips, and inspiration on how to give planting a go visit www.rspb.org.uk/NatureOnYourDoorstep.
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