Create homes for wildlife in your garden

It’s amazing how quickly wildlife will appear in a garden, once there’s a home for it! Improve the range of habitats in your garden simply and quickly, by making these three types of hidey holes.

Hedgehog in autumn leaves © Tom Marshall
Hedgehog in autumn leaves © Tom Marshall

What you will need:

  • An old bowl
  • A paving slab
  • A trowel
  • Sand
  • A rake
  • Dry leaves
  • Twigs and branches
  • Logs
  • Air bricks or rubble
  • Branches and garden trimmings

How to make your homes for wildlife:

For amphibians:

  1. Dig a shallow hole in a cool, damp area of the garden.
  2. Place the shallow bowl within this and line with sand.
  3. Cover with a paving slab – leave room for an upward sloping tunnel.
  4. This will provide a place for amphibians to overwinter.

For hedgehogs:

  1. Rake leaves into a pile in a quiet part of your garden.
  2. Build up a structure around this, making a mesh from twigs and branches.
  3. Leave an entrance hole at the bottom – this will provide a perfect resting spot for hedgehogs.

For minibeasts:

  1. Stack the logs into a pile.
  2. Cover the logs with air bricks or rubble.
  3. Place a layer of branches and garden trimmings over the top.
  4. This will be the ideal hang out for minibeasts!


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Time to complete

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