Wildlife In The Garden In May
Check hedges before trimming and use hand tools instead of power tools until the end of the breeding season.
Feed the birds! Leave out dried or live mealworms for blackbirds and robins. Nesting birds such as blue tits and house sparrows may take them for their young if caterpillars are in short supply.
Leave mini piles of stones or twigs in borders, or create a dead wood habitat such as a log pile, to provide shelter for small invertebrates such as centipedes and ground beetles. They will shelter there by day and will devour slugs and other garden pests at night!
Provide nest boxes for birds! A range of box sizes and entry apertures will encourage tits, robins, flycatchers, owls and other birds to nest.
Solitary bees will make use of bundles of hollow plant stems or paper straws, or holes drilled into blocks of wood.
Provide food for wildlife. Supply food in the form of seed mixtures, fat balls and peanuts for birds. Meat-based pet foods are better for hedgehogs than milk and bread. Specialised hedgehog food is best.
- Start planting out summer bedding towards the end of the month, when it gets warmer.
- Remember to open your greenhouse vents and doors on warm days! You can also damp down your greenhouse on hot days to increase humidity.
- Optimise your watering regime. Watering early and late in the day will get you the most out of your water.
- Watch out for late frosts! Protect tender plants.
- Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges.