Attracting Wildlife

If you want to attract wildlife into your garden, park or school, you will need to ensure you provide things they need: food, water, and places to find shelter.

In general, the more types of wildflowers, flowering and fruiting hedge plants and (if your green space is large enough) trees you have, the greater the diversity of insects you will have visiting. In turn, the more different types of insects, the greater the variety of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles will want to visit.


As you provide shelter, perches, homes, ponds, log piles and other areas of habitat, you’ll find that the animals stay for longer, and some may take up residence.

Here are links to some great top tips:

How to Attract Wildlife to your Garden – Woodland Trust

How to create a mini pond – The Wildlife Trusts

How to attract butterflies to your garden – Natural History Museum

Bees in your garden – RHS Gardening

A guide to Helping Hedgehogs – British Hedgehog Preservation Society

Offering food and shelter to bats – RHS Gardening

Gardening for Butterflies and Moths – Butterfly Conservation