Five things you can do to at­tract an­i­mals to your gar­den

World of Animals - - Garden Secrets -

Birds

Whether you choose a two-me­tre (6.6-foot) mon­stros­ity or make your

own, a bird feeder pro­vides for all avian vis­i­tors to your prop­erty. Put out a wide va­ri­ety of seeds, nuts and fruit.

Bees

A few pack­ets of seed mix and a patch

of soil are all you need to make a minia­ture meadow. Use a fine mesh to stop birds from snatch­ing up the seeds be­fore they have time to grow.

Hedge­hogs

Cre­at­ing cor­ri­dors for wildlife pre­vents an­i­mals from get­ting stuck in one place and al­lows them to travel to find wa­ter, al­ter­na­tive food sources

and re­pro­duc­tive part­ners.

Bird and small mam­mals

If you don’t live close to a nat­u­ral source of fresh wa­ter, pro­vide a bird­bath or ground-level dish of wa­ter. Not only can an­i­mals take a drink, but

birds can bathe in times of drought.

Birds and ro­dents

Cats are pop­u­lar pets, but they can have a dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect on fauna and have been known to drive species to ex­tinc­tion. Make sure your cat has a loud bell to an­nounce its pres­ence.

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