So it’s a new week and with the return of BBC Springwatch, Unsprung and Extra to our TV screens it seems Social Media has burst alive with Nature Enthusiast, conservationists and photographers each sharing stories, pictures and events! I love this time of year!!!
As I continue to do these blogs each week, introducing you to species that you can find in your own back garden, I have decided to make it a hashtag campaign. I will be opening up the wall on my facebook page until Autumn for you all to post pictures and stories of #WhatsInYourGarden. Hopefully by doing this we can show how diverse the wildlife is in each garden across the country, even the world. This will also give you a great excuse to get out in the garden, get the children involved and make a positive contribution the Natural World. Simply pop a picture/story on my facebook page, your own facebook/instagram/twitter or a link to your blog or page, whatever it may be. Try to identify the species and where exactly it was taken. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #WhatsInYourGarden. It doesn’t have to be just Insects, although I do love them, it could be Birds or small Mammals, any wildlife that’s in your garden.
You may find yourself saying “I have no wildlife in my garden”, if so then I urge you to take a closer look, not only that, try and encourage wildlife into your garden. You can do this relatively cheap. A few bedding plants and other flora carefully planted will triumph and bloom into a spectacular array of colour and fragrance and this will be great for attracting Bees, Butterflies and other flying Insects into your garden, which in turn would attract birds. Bug hotels can be constructed quite easily from bits of broken wood and bricks, bird boxes can also be purchased for under £10. A bird feeder and food could also be purchased from the local pound stores. For a small inexpensive price you could have your garden teaming with wildlife, and believe me when I say nothing is more satisfying than watching a garden alive with wildlife out of your window. The inquisitive and excited faces of your children as they point,laugh and research what they find and see, watching each little bird lurking, seemingly gambling its chance to fly down to the feeders to secure a quick meal, Butterflies soaring and swooping over the flower beds, Bees actively pollinating your garden, it truly is a beautiful sight. Do this and you are guaranteed wildlife magic in your garden.
So I hope you join me in exploring exactly #WhatsInYourGarden.