As wildlife habitats in the countryside disappear at an alarming rate, our gardens are increasingly useful habitats for wildlife. They help to form 'green corridors' in our towns and cities, increase biodiversity and provide shelter and food for a huge range of species.
Many of our most beautiful garden plants, including many shrubs, climbers, perennials and pond plants, are attractive to wildlife. You probably have many of them in your garden already.
Native shrubs and trees offer the best choice for wildlife, providing caterpillar food plants for a variety of moths, plus berries and seeds for birds and small mammals. But both native and non-native flowers appeal to bees and other pollinators, as long as they have single flowers - many double flowers are inaccessible to insects, or have small amounts of nectar and pollen.
Here's how to embellish every area of your garden to make it even more attractive to wildlife.