This section enables the sharing of ideas on gardening for wildlife. It is a combination of links to third party websites and members’ personal suggestions.
Gardening for Wildlife
YACWAG has been pleased to be working during this term with teacher Mrs Okeden at Yatton Junior School. Gill Brown was able to assist the class on two occasions with work on otters and rivers as part of their curriculum. More recently during the school’s Learning College on Friday afternoons, Sue Lovesey, Faith Moulin and Higgy were able to take part in the Nature Detectives course with a group of children aged from 7 to 10.
A bug hotel was made from pallets to attract more invertebrates into the school grounds and there is now a long-term plan to create a wildlife area within the school. YACWAG is delighted to support this initiative and to help the young Nature Detectives, who were keen, enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
Gardening for wildlife was YACWAG’s theme in 2014 and we wondered about ways of encouraging bees on our reserves. When we heard that YABeeP (Yatton Area Bee Project) which promotes bee-friendly, natural beekeeping was running a workshop making Warre beehives we were pleased that members, Terry Long and Jon Gadsden, volunteered to attend and make two for us to put on YACWAG reserves in the spring in 2015. Click here for information from YABeeP about bee-friendly, natural beekeeping and Warre beehives.
You may be interested in some of the amphibian and reptile wildlife photos that Tony and Faith have taken in their garden and on the reserves. You can find images in the Photo Gallery ( Amphibians and Reptiles section).
Building a bee hotel is a quick and effective way to help save British bees.
You won’t need much more that an empty plastic bottle, a bit of bamboo (or other hollow stem) and a simple step-by-step-guide.
There are around 220 species of wild bees in the UK, called ‘solitary’ because they make individual nest cells for their larvae. It is these solitary rather than bumble bees that will be attracted to your bee hotel. The equivalent of bird boxes, they provide vital nesting space, needed by bees more than ever given recent habitat loss.
Click here to follow the link to the Friends of the Earth Bee Cause web page.
You may find the link to the Pond Conservation website of interest for garden pond creation and management.
“Everyone knows that one of the best things you can do for wildlife in the garden is to put in a pond. But amazingly nobody really knows what you need to do, to make a great wildlife garden pond.”
For some useful tips on this subject from Higgy, click here
For a link to a site published by a Partnership of the Royal Horticultural Society and The Wildlife Trusts, click here