Avoid cutting back hedges and trees in your garden

In the UK, its an illegal offence to disturb a nesting site, so, from March through to the end of July, make sure you hold off on trimming back your garden foliage. Birds will be nesting and hedges not only provide the perfect protection from predators, they also provide vital food sources.

At Wildlife Aid, this is what we call our ‘orphan season’ – the busiest time of the year, where incubators and enclosures quickly fill with young birds and other orphans, having been injured or removed from their nests.

Please make sure you check your garden and trees thoroughly for wildlife, all year round. You never know what could be living there.

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Create a log pile in your garden to attract insects and other animals

You can encourage all sorts of animals to your garden by creating log piles. From insects, birds, beetles, frogs and even hedgehogs, you’ll create an animal haven.

Here’s how:
– Find a quiet spot in your garden
– Stack the logs on top of each other
– To ensure they don’t fall, place a stake in the ground on either side
– Keep topping your log pile up as the lower logs begin to rot down

Tip: Try to bury the bottom logs slightly below the soil surface as this will create different hiding places for many insects.

If you have a trail camera, try popping it down next to your pile and see what visitors you have.
For more tips click here!

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Become a phenologist!

Keep a nature diary of when you see birds, flowers and animals, throughout the year.
Weekends are the perfect time to get out in the garden and record what nature you see.
This is also a fun activity to get the kids involved in too, so, why not have them create their very own diary.

For a step by step guide, click here!
Take some pictures along the way and add your iDot to the website, here.

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Let your garden grow wild!

Whilst still feeling the brunt of the latest strom to pass over the UK. Why not take advantage of the bad weather and skip the gardening for a while (or at least a little part of it!).

By letting even just a small area of your garden grow wild, you are giving a helping hand towards the nature in your local area. You’ll find that when the weather starts to clear, you’ll have created a little haven for all manner creatures to forage and nest in safety.

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Save an underweight hedgehog in winter – if it’s below 600g

Make sure you keep an eye out for any underweight hedgehogs in your garden or surrounding areas, during winter (Approx Mid December – February).
Once the weather becomes cold enough, hedgehogs will begin to hibernate and any that are under 600g are unlikely to survive the duration.

As a rough guide, if you see a hedgehog out in the day, that’s smaller than two tennis balls placed side by side, it’s worth weighing it to check. If below 600g, please, give your local wildlife rescue a call for advice.

Tip: Be sure to use thick gloves or oven mitts when when handling the hog, so you don’t get spiked!

The Wildlife Aid Foundation (Surrey): 01372 360 404

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