Gift ideas to help you share the spirit of the sea­son with your gar­den wildlife

Manchester Evening News - - YOUR GARDEN - HAN­NAH STEPHEN­SON

YOU may have done all your Christ­mas shop­ping for friends and rel­a­tives, but what about the vis­i­tors to your gar­den?

sug­gests splash­ing out on a gift to see your gar­den wildlife through the win­ter and be­yond...

1. Wooden Squir­rel Feeder,

£16.99, CJ Wildlife, bird­food.co.uk

KEEP squir­rels away from the bird feeder with a ded­i­cated one of their own.

2. Bird Food Christ­mas Wreath, above,

£16.95, no­ton­the­high­street.com

THE Bird Bak­ery’s Christ­mas wreath is made from a mix­ture of sun­flower hearts, peanuts, saf­flower, white and red mil­let, kib­bled maize, peanut gran­ules, oats and wheat.

3. Ce­ramic Bird Feeder Robin,right

£12.99, shop­ping. rspb.org.uk

BRIGHTEN up your robin’s life with this colour­ful ce­ramic bird feeder. You can fill it with seeds, suet pel­lets, meal­worms or even high-en­ergy sprin­kles.

4. Bee-r Bar­rel Bee Habi­tat, left

£29.99, sut­tons.co.uk

IN­VEST in this quirky bee-r bar­rel. Hang it in the gar­den and it should fill up with baby bees dur­ing the sum­mer, with new adults emerg­ing the fol­low­ing spring.

5. Posh Shed Com­pany Bird Box, be­low,

£21 each, the­p­oshshed­com­pany.co.uk

THESE snuggly nest­boxes are su­per stylish, and suit­able for house spar­rows, great tits, the nut hatch and lesser spot­ted wood­peck­ers, and avail­able in six pas­tel shades.

6. Greenkey Large Bat Box,

right, £12.99, ama­zon. co.uk

BATS get a bad rap but they ac­tu­ally eat many nui­sance bugs, such as mos­qui­toes and midges, so wel­come them into your gar­den with this bat box.

En­cour­age squir­rels away from bird feed­ers with their own sup­ply of food

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