Wildlife in the gar­den

The Simple Things - - NEST | GARDENS -

By cre­at­ing di­verse habi­tats on their plot, in­clud­ing the nat­u­ral pool, Sarah and Will turned a patch in­fested with bram­ble thick­ets into a haven for wildlife. These are some of the crea­tures that now call it their home.

Birds: star­lings, nu­mer­ous spar­rows, swal­lows, goldfinches and thrushes fly in, as well as some lesser-seen species such as king­fisher, oys­ter­catch­ers and reed war­blers. Star­lings ar­rive en masse to bathe in the pond in win­ter. Tawny owls, kestrels and buz­zards also visit.

Am­phib­ians: ar­eas of longer grass at­tract frogs and toads, who also hop into the pond.

Mam­mals: voles find shel­ter in the long grass.

In­sects: nec­tar-rich flow­ers at­tract bees, but­ter­flies and hov­er­flies. Rot­ting log piles and bug ho­tels at­tract in­sects and birds. Dam­selflies and drag­on­flies hover over the pond.

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