encouraging wild things

I grew up in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, and wildlife and wild flowers have always been important to me. It’s important to me that my garden is a haven, not only for me but also for other species with which we share this earth.

So, I try hard to be an organic gardener. There’s a small pond (with ramped access for creatures to get in and out), with a tiny “wildflower bank” behind it. There are deliberately-unmown strips along the side fence, with odd branches chucked in there as cover and to encourage invertebrates. There’s a deliberate nettle patch as butterfly food. And, of course, bird feeders hang from the rose arch.

There’s a page showing some of the wildlife, and a page on which I’m logging the wildflowers as they appear in 2022 in the wildflower bank.