As the years go by, I have noticed that there are fewer butterflies, moths, hedgehogs, bees and even daddy longlegs around. All these things are parts of the food chain and often perform vital duties in the garden and on farms including pollination and pest control.
We live in the countryside and are surrounded by fields. I garden organically (or as near as possible) and leave plenty of hiding places, food sources, especially early nectar-rich flowers for the first bees in late winter/early spring, shallow water and weeds for the wildlife. I know that many people aren’t in the same position as me but to make a tiny change to the way you garden, leaving stems in the borders until late winter or early spring to give invertebrates somewhere to hibernate, or to provide a fruiting shrub for shelter and food for birds, the right sort of nectar and pollen-laden flowers for insects and a bit of water or damp ground to encourage frogs and toads which eat slugs and snails, you are doing nature a favour and hopefully giving yourself a boost as you watch creatures sharing your space with you.
It is easy to make small changes to your garden and the way you garden to boost the number of species sharing your space. For more information, please contact me.