February

Wildlife In The Garden In February

Keep providing lots of food for birds. They struggle to find normal food in winter!

Hazelnuts, walnuts, chopped apples, carrots and spinach can all be offered to squirrels to help them survive the cold weather.

Check wood and leaf piles for hibernating hedgehogs, frogs and mice before lighting bonfires.

Provide fresh water for wildlife! Fresh water in a shallow bowl each night is best.

Top Tip:
If your pond has frozen, make a hole in the ice. Toxic gases can build up in the water which can kill wildlife hibernating at the bottom.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Remove any faded flowers from container grown winter pansies and violas. Deadheading like this encourages more flowers to grow in the spring!
  • Finish pruning fruit trees and soft fruits, including apples, autumn raspberries and blackcurrants.
  • Chit first-early potato tubers now. Stand them in trays (egg trays work well) in a frost-free place with lots of light.
  • Install a nest box with a camera. You can watch birds raising their broods in the spring!
  • If your pond has frozen, make a hole in the ice. Toxic gases can build up in the water which can kill wildlife hibernating at the bottom.