There are so many ways that you can help wildlife to flourish in your garden this Spring; traditional bird feeders and baths are fantastic year round but now can really help hard working parent birds feed their hungry chicks. Just remember to keep them clean to prevent the spread of disease.
Hedgehogs are coming out of hibernation and will be very hungry! They will be grateful for a shallow dish of water and a bowl of cat or dog food left out at night. Please avoid fish flavors and milk; despite being thought of as traditional, like bread for ducks, milk can actually be harmful to them.
If you see a hedgehog out in the daytime, please take it immediately to a wildlife rescue. They are nocturnal animals and should be sleeping in daylight hours. If they are awake and moving around something is likely to be very wrong.
If you are planting and pruning, please leave little areas of the garden to go wild; overgrown pockets provide vital shelter and will encourage bugs, butterflies and bees which are all essential to the ecosystem and in turn our own food production. If you are looking to add bee friendly plants and flowers, Russian Sage, Geraniums and Buddleia are all good choices.
You can buy wild bird and hedgehog feed at Raystede. Simply pop into Customer Services next time you are visiting and stock up.