By encouraging minibeasts into your garden, you also encourage the birds and mammals that eat them creating your very own wildlife food chain. There are several easy ways by which you can help make your garden a great place for minibeasts.
- Leave a patch of grass, ideally in a sunny spot, uncut all year round.
- This is good for butterflies such as meadow browns and gatekeepers. It is also good for grasshoppers, crickets and froghoppers.
- Pile up leaves in a shady corner of the garden (you may need to keep piling them up if the wind blows them around)
- This is good for worms, woodlice and slugs.
- Pile up logs in a shady spot. Take care, you may need an adult to help you to do this.
- This is good for beetles, centipedes, millipedes and fungi.
- Bind bundles of twigs tightly together with string. Wedge in a fork in a tree, or place on the ground in an out-of-theway spot.
- This is good for ladybirds and other beetles.
- Stuff dried grass, straw, or drinking straws into an empty, washed out food can. (Take care not to cut yourself on any sharp edges). Tie to a branch of a tree. Make sure you tie the can up securely.
- This is good for earwigs and beetles.
Bumble bee pots
- Take a medium-sized plant pot with a drainage hole, and fill it loosely with moss, dried grass or shredded paper. Dig a hole in a sunny area – ideally in long grass. Place the pot upside down in the ground, so that the drainage hole is level with the surface of the soil and pack earth around the edges. Use a few stones to build a shelter to the entrance.
- Plant honeysuckle, lavender and marigolds.
- These are good for butterflies, such as peacocks and small tortoiseshells, hoverflies and honey bees.