Winter can be a difficult time of year for wildlife, especially small birds finding enough food to survive takes up almost every hour of daylight. So how can we support birds or other animals and encourage wildlife into our gardens over the colder months.
- Place fat blocks in wire cages for birds as balls in plastic nets are not recommended as some birds can get their tongues caught. You can even create your own fat blocks by melting suet into moulds such as coconut shells or logs with holes drilled in.
- Providing clean water for animals will encourage visitors to the garden including hedgehogs which also like fresh live, minced meat and even surprising or not scrambled eggs appeal to these prickly creatures.
- If your garden pond freezes over, ensure that you make a hole in the ice as toxic gases can build up in the water of a frozen pond, which may kill any fish or frogs that are hibernating at the bottom. If the entire surface does freeze over, boil a saucepan of water and hold it on the ice to melt a hole.
- When food is scarce, place a small amount of an appropriate treat which will help to see the mammals visit your garden. Badgers like lightly cooked meats, cheese, peanuts and fruit.
- Leave undisturbed wild areas in your garden, piles of leaves or brushwood can make the perfect nest in which animals can hide, rest and hibernate. Leaving the task of tidying your garden until early spring will provide ideal shelter for insects throughout the winter.
So why not make a start this weekend, have an adventure and support your wildlife. For other tips and advice on how to help the wildlife during winter check out this great link from the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society).
As a manufacturer of a range of products that are 95% recycled and 100% recyclable, we are firm believers in preserving our natural environment and the world around us.
Our factory is based on the Wrexham Industrial Estate, which is one of the largest in Europe and here at Ecodek towers we have our very own wildlife haven! We have been working with the North Wales Wildlife Trust to help improve the habitat surrounding our factory.
Our key focus is to promote wildlife sustainability and to provide staff access to pleasant, green, healthy outdoor spaces. We are also silver member of the North Wales Wildlife Trust and their Living Landscapes project.
A couple of weeks before Christmas a member of our Warehouse team spotted a fox who was enjoying his walk around Ecodek towers. We leave you with 10 fascinating facts about foxes on the PETA UK website.
Our feature photo this week is from Tony Hisgett, of a Hidden Fox via Flickr.
When you get a chance, take a look outside in your own garden and tell us what you saw in the comments.