Come with me and discover how, as summer slips into autumn, there are plenty of things you can do to help wildlife in your outdoor space.
The flowers are going over, the nights are drawing in, so you might think it is time to ha ng up your tools and call it a year in the ‘garden’ (and when I say ‘garden’, I always mean whatever outside space you have, whether it be ten acres or a window box).
However, I think that autumn is such a special time for doing things around the garden to help wildlife.
Nestboxes are useful for birds to roost on cold nights (Credit:RSPB)
It is quite easy to get bamboozled with the detail, so I like to summarise the big things we can do to help nature into six easy-to-remember categories. If you do these six, then you are 90% of the way there.
Autumn is prime time to put the first five of those into practice (the sixth is something to do year-round!)
Autumn is a great time to dig a new pond (Credit: RSPB)
Oh, and you know that list of six things I said at the start that take you 90% of the way to having a wildlife-friendly space? What about the other 10%?
Here are the two extras that will take you from great to fabulous!
6) Be ambitious. Nature is struggling and needs bold solutions, and so the time has gone for us to be timid in our response. Do everything you can.
And 7) Share what you do. Talk about your garden to anyone who will listen. Take photos for social media. Inspire the next generation. Spreading your love is the thing that will ultimately save nature!
Oh, and just enjoy all the delights of being out in autumn with nature around you. It is a beautiful, special thing.
i feel so sad as i love to be in the garden but this year i had so many bites! all through june, july., august and in to september!!
I put up some house-martin next boxes a couple of years ago. They were unused last year but this year we have had three separate broods throughout the summer. The last one left the nest yesterday.