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It’s the end of the year, so how did editor Matt do in creating a wildlife-friendly garden?
Editor Matt reflects on a year of transforming his garden into a wildlife-friendly area
ICAN HARDLY BELIEVE that 2016 is almost finished, but I’ve been taking stock of the successes and failures of the last 12 months, and enjoying a quiet satisfaction that our little garden is definitely attracting more wildlife than it did a year ago. That’s encouraging, because some of the work we’ve done will certainly take much longer to really bear fruit, so the early triumphs have given us plenty of motivation to keep going and really create a suburban oasis for nature.
As I write, our feeders are busy again, but best of all the birds that visit are starting to take advantage of the natural food on offer. As next year goes on, we’ll be looking to plant more and more bird-friendly shrubs and bushes. It isn’t as if it has cost a lot, either, in terms of money or time. I reckon I’ve spent around £150 specifically on the wildlife aspects of the garden, and perhaps an hour or so a week, on average – of course, there was also some more general gardening on top of that. Finally, thanks to Liz Potter of Garden Answers, and Adrian Thomas of the RSPB, for all their invaluable help and advice.