Habitat Creation |Wildlife Gardening

Invertebrates

It is the invertebrates that have the most complicated and demanding life-cycles. There are potentially thousands of different species of insects and other invertebrates that could occur in a garden. Which ones do appear will depend on general features such as climate, proximity of wild areas, and pollution levels. Some insects require one or more food plants for their larvae (caterpillars), a source of nectar (e.g. ivy) from flowers when they are adults, shelter from cold winds, somewhere safe to pass the winter, and so on. A garden designed with wildlife in mind can easily provide all these requirements, for a whole range of insects. Did you know there are three times as many earthworms in gardens as in ploughed fields? This is a good example of a food source for birds, and why it should be avoided using herbicides on lawns.

The more insects you cater for, the more you will attract birds and mammals to feed on them.

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