Wildlife in the Garden

Cottage gardens, containing an abundance of numerous different flowers and vegetables, are a natural attraction for birds, bees, butterflies and many other useful (or otherwise!) animals.  The CGS's "A Cottage Garden Planner" includes a list of "Plants to Attract Wildlife" and has a section on "Pests Large and Small".  In addition, our seed list often includes seed mixes put together to be attractive to birds or bees and other insects.  Members can obtain these seeds (and many others) free, except for post and packing charges.


Plants for bees (click Gardening for Bees)

Click: Plants for birds  (from our Planner)

Click: Plants rabbits don't like (from the RHS website)

Articles from our magazine on wildlife gardening

Birds and garden berries by Mike Toms

Gardening to save our native butterflies by Jan Miller

Here we list some useful websites for those interested in wildlife gardening

Buzz about Bees - lots of interesting information here.

Nature's Calendar from the Woodland Trust
This site is home to thousands of volunteers who are passionate about wildlife.  They help by noting a wide variety of natural events such as the first ladybird or swallow seen in the garden in spring.  Sign up to join this community and receive their electronic newsletter.

The Pollinator Garden
This site has many very interesting original articles as well as links to numerous other relevant websites.

Wild about Gardens - a joint RHS and Wildlife Trusts venture

Wildlife Gardening Forum -  and their Autumn 2015 Newsletter

Boston Seeds - owned by a member, a place to obtain wildflower seeds, bulbs and plug plants among other products and information on:

Alphabetic list of UK wildflowers; height, colour, flowering period, requirements for light:moisture:soil type.

Click here for information on how to do this 

Hundreds of single variety seeds and special seed mixes - including, bird, bees, woodland, scented, long season, chalk, clay, wetland, sandy and flowering lawn



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