I live in what would be considered a suburban area in Southern Ontario, Canada. For the last few years, in the late autumn I have created a sheltered area for small wildlife under a large tree in my front garden. First, I rake all of the leaves from my yard under the tree, as well as the acorns and the cones from evergreens. These leaves create shelters for mice and possibly voles; they eat the acorns and cones, and create tunnels under the leaf piles for entrance and egress. When the snows come – it is commonplace in my area to have 15 cm+ (6 inch) snowfalls – the first thing we do is shovel snow on the lowest west-facing boughs, which essentially cements them into place for the winter. This creates a windbreak and shelter for rabbits on cold or windy nights when they come out of their burrows to forage. (They don’t stay there during the day, as it is within a few feet of the pavement where people walk their dogs.)
The attached photos were taken after two consecutive days of 15+ cm snow falls (we certainly had a White Christmas!) so the snow looks fairly deep, but in fact it’s less than 10 cm.