Autumn, I guess this is my favorite time of year as the world of nature prepares and braces itself for the coming of Winter. The colours of deciduous tree leaves as they loose their green luster and replace it with a kaleidoscope of yellows, oranges and reds is a wonder to behold and this year has been the most colourful that I can remember for many a year. Perhaps it is because the season seems later in coming this year with many plants retaining leaves and flowers for much later, global warming or perhaps just part of a bigger cycle yet to be understood?
At this time of the year much of our native wildlife is finding places in which to weather out the worst of the coming Winter, from insects such as Lacewings, Ladybirds and some of our non-migratory Butterflies to the majority of our amphibians and several of our native mammals. We can actually help make the passing of Winter easier for such creatures even in the smallest of suburban plots.
The introduction of a log pile, bug hotel, Hedgehog shelter, leaving an area of grass that has been left alone over the Summer to reach its full potential,a pile of leaves in a sheltered corner, even a bird box may be used by Wrens to shelter in with large numbers crowding into one box. Such additions to a garden can make a huge difference to wildlife survival rates over a harsh Winter and take little time to install and little room in a garden.
Tis funny that at this time I to am looking for a new home this Autumn. The majority of pictures upon the website are from my present garden but I failed to document the before (a typical suburban wildlife desert) and the after which is now a small wildlife oasis in a suburban setting. Hopefully I shall remedy this oversight in the next garden, I have already found a location that I like so hopefully if all goes well then a move shall be undertaken and a blank page will be the start of the story of another wildlife garden from a suburban desert, which I shall share here my successes and failures for you to learn from for you to create your own garden for wildlife.
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