Our gardens are home to thousands of tiny creatures. Many of which can be incredibly valuable for gardeners. Some beneficial insects help by eating the pests that damage our garden plants and chomp through our vegetable plots. Others perform the vital task of breaking down decaying material. Pollinating insects ensure that colourful flowers bloom yearly, and our allotments and orchards provide bountiful harvests.
By providing these insects with water, food and shelter, your garden can become an inviting space for them. Attracting a wide range of insects and getting them to stay in your garden can be achieved by offering a diversity of early blooming plants and adding a beneficial insect home or habitat.
Children love bugs and mini beasts, and their happy investigation is to be encouraged. The Wildlife Community provides all kinds of interactive insect habitats, field guides and insect tubes for children to make their own minibeast homes. They are fuelling their muddy-fingered fascination and getting them started early in enjoying the benefits of wildlife-friendly gardening.