Help the birds and animals this winter... be a lazy gardener says Scottish Natural Heritage
IT seems like an unlikely way to be of assistance.
But this winter, experts are asking gardeners to be “lazy” to aid wildlife.
During a season that can be challenging due to harsh weather, low temperatures and much less food around, Scottish Natural Heritage say leaving areas to overgrow is helpful to birds and small animals.
SNH’S Biodiversity Manager, Debbie Bassett, said: “Be a lazy gardener. Leaving some areas overgrown or filled with leaves and twigs gives insects, frogs, toads and small animals a quiet and cosy place to hide during the colder months.
“Use your food scraps. Keep a food scraps tub by your cooker – any bits suitable to feed birds and other wildlife can go straight into it. Bruised or overly-soft fruit that may otherwise go to waste – or in the compost bin – can also be left out for badgers, foxes and birds. Cut it in half and leave it on the grass or spike it on a tree branch. The blackbirds will love you for it.”
She added that people need to remember white bread is a no-no for ducks – polluting the water and making them ill.
“SNH also say garden ponds can be a great water source for passing wildlife but, when temperatures drop, ice can be tricky.
Ms Bassett advised: “Our winter wildlife loves lazy gardeners at this time of year, and these quick and easy tips are great ways you can help our animals and birds. Putting out extra food can help birds and mammals up their energy reserves.”
A male yellow hammer perched in a snow covered tree.