During winter it can be tough, it’s cold, nights are darker and overall a scary experience for animals to survive in. Question is, how can we do our part to make it easier for them during these difficult times?
What kind of foods do wildlife eat? How can we do our part to help out? Gardening specialists Oeco Garden Rooms have produced a simple to follow guide on the subject. Bringing forward what actions to take, what kind of foods you can supply and what to look out for when helping.
Transform your garden:
Start off by simply letting some areas of your garden to overgrow, this will help form a rooftop for animals to get underneath and seek the warmth from. Having a hedge also creates an ideal shelter for small animals or even birds to get involved in.
Include logs into your garden, logs provide an enclosed area for warmth and can deliver shelter to. If you’ve got the space, plant a tree, it’s a bird’s ideal hot spot, trees fight off the rain and shelter in for warmth. If you’re unable to do this you can in place a bird house, birds often rely on bird houses to seek out warmth and their food in these times.
Again, if you’ve got the space include a pond. They’re many benefits to wildlife when they can find a pond. One benefit would be hedgehogs can take sips of water when needed, keeping them hydrated, make sure to pack down the edge of the pond so they can get back out easily.
Information on wildlife:
• Bats hibernate between November through to March time. They’re many different species of bat out there, mainly bats eat insects, some can even eat frogs and scorpions. Bats mainly stay in caves, trees and barns. Usually when the hibernation period starts, bats tend to hibernate in caves as the temperature is cooler and they won’t be interrupted.
• Frogs and toads tend to eat flies, moths, slugs, worms and snails. They allow their bodies to freeze over the winter months. They locate the bottom of a pond to dig underneath to.
• Hedgehogs hibernate in November all the way through to March. Hedgehogs store enough fat in order to survive the hibernation period. Their preferred diet is cat food, chopped peanuts or peanut butter.
• Squirrels remain less active in winter and don’t hibernate. They eat hazelnut, seeds, acorns, insects and even tree bark and soil when it becomes difficult to seek out food.
• Birds migrate rather than hibernate. They go place to place, preferably trees or bird houses. They typically eat seeds, cracked corn fruit, mealworms, milo and millet.
Keep an eye out for wildlife’s safety within your garden this winter. It can be easy for wildlife to get into danger or a tricky situation. Pot holes, drains and pits anywhere are a big factor. Make sure you recycle or get rid of anything you can that can be led into trouble for wildlife.