• Brian Gort

Wildlife Blog - 9.6.2018

The garden. A wildlife haven - 9.6.2018

Welcome to my wild wildlife garden. This wild area is right at the back of our garden. A little 'wildlife haven', behind our more formal garden.

Here I let nature pretty much take it's course.

Under the tree's in the background you can just see the window to my photography hide. I really enjoy just sitting in there, watching nature unfold before me.

To the left, in the picture, is where my photography reflection pool is - in itself a great attraction to all kinds of bugs and insects. It's only shallow, with mosses and hard rushes growing, so I constantly keep it topped up with fresh water from the garden hose.

I have bulrush reeds growing in a depression, running along the width of the garden. The ground is kept constantly moist, in the depression area, by me using this area as waste flow point, for my Koi pond filter system. Loads of nutrients and fresh pond water go streaming into the ditch each week. It's absolutely fantastic for the wildlife. We get hundreds of frogs living in the long wet grasses, along with snails and slugs - which in turn create food for larger more predatory wildlife, such as our abundance of hedgehogs!

Up against the very back fence I allow brambles to run wild, field rose to flourish, wild grasses to spread.

I have apple tree's, and a pear tree there. I don't harvest the fruits from those - only the apple tree in our formal garden - instead, I let nature take the fallen fruits, which feed the wildlife, and put valuable nutrient back into the ground, offering food for worms and slugs.

I let stinging nettles play a part in the garden too, although they're somewhat controlled, and kept to an area of about 5 or 6 square foot - I've caught my legs on them quite enough !! haha, but the insects and butterflies thrive in the habitat. You can guarantee a wide diversity of wildlife, living among the leaves, whenever you look at them

I try to keep a wild grass area. Bee's, moths, butterflies and other flying insects love it. Oxeye daisy, wild clover, corncockle, to name but a few...flourish there each year.

Teasel comes up in the summer months, providing more flowers to pollinate, and seeds for goldfinch to feed upon. What doesn't get eaten only adds more life to the garden in coming years, with future germination of the fallen seeds

The year brings along different species of grasses and wild flowers with it, as the seasons come and go.

Starting with snow drops, when the frosts start to clear, to blue bells later on in spring.

The ground soon covers with all the grasses and wild flowers start to emerge.

Ground feeding birds, such as reed bunting, house sparrow and robin seem to take bountiful supplies of insects and seeds from within the wild-kept area. The garden becomes alight with the sound of song birds

Bees have a field day (pardon the pun) on all the wildflower heads

Tree bees have taken refuge in one of the bird boxes above, fastened to a silver birch tree, while newly fledged great tits, and blue tit's shout purposely at the feeding parent birds, in the canopy of the hawthorn tree opposite

Long tailed tit and great spotted woodpecker feed from the lard, sugar and oat mix, that I make and put on the trunk of the hawthorn tree, below the canopy above

This year we had the pleasure of following a pr. of great tit's, in our garden camera nest box.

From the very first few pieces of moss going in, to the nest being built, the first egg being laid, through to chicks being brought ready to fly the nest.

A beautiful experience, to share with nature.

Follow the link below, for a brief compilation of video clips

The garden becomes alive in spring, bursting into song during the day - from dawn till dusk, and rustling during the darker night hours, with hedgehogs and foxes paying a visit

Spring is truly a wonderful time!

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