It can be surprisingly easy to create a wildlife area; even just a small area of land such as the corner of a playing field can provide benefits for biodiversity.
Native plant species are always favoured for biodiversity, but some amenity plants can also be of benefit. Planting different species of tree, shrub and flowering plants provides nectar and other food sources through the year. Bees and other insects, which may be in decline, will gain from nectar or pollen-rich plants such as honeysuckle. Planting night-scented flowers, such as jasmine, will attract insects for bats to feed on.
Try not to use chemical weed killers or pesticides. Chemical free management tends to be better for wildlife including insects, which in turn provides a food resource for other birds and animals.
A well-developed shrub bed or hedge provides nest sites for birds and shelter for wildlife such as hedgehogs. Berry bearing trees and shrubs, such as rowan, will provide a food source for birds in the autumn and into winter.
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