Top Ten Wildlife Gardening Tips for 2021

29 December 2020
Top Ten Wildlife Gardening Tips for 2021
Goldfinches ยฉ Neil Fletcher

January is the perfect month to start thinking about making your garden or outside space more friendly for wildlife. You can help animals and birds make it through the winter and plan ahead for the spring and summer.

Here are our Top Ten Tasks for your wildlife garden in January

  1. Hang bird feeder and put out food on the ground and bird table
  2. Make sure your bird bath is topped up with fresh water and not frozen
  3. Regularly clean bird feeders, bird tables and bird bath
  4. Dig a pond or create a bog garden
  5. Trim back shrubs and trees once all their berries and fruit have been eaten
  6. Plant a deciduous tree that produces berries or fruit if you have the space โ€“ try Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) โ€“ blackbirds love it!
  7. Make a log or rock pile to create areas of shelter for wildlife
  8. Build a compost bin
  9. Plan a wild flower meadow for spring sowing or planting
  10. Buy or build a bee nesting box in your garden

Find out more about encouraging wildlife into your garden throughout the year.


  • Peter Woodman:

    02 Jan 2021 12:26:00

    Have built the hedgehog home and it is occupied.

  • Greta:

    02 Jan 2021 12:30:00

    We have a weezle in our garden

  • Sheila Daniel:

    02 Jan 2021 13:50:00

    I feed birds all year round in my garden. I have a mixture of types.i enjoy watching their antics and rivalry.

  • Felicity Lloyd:

    02 Jan 2021 15:49:00

    I have a leucistic goldfinch. Its wings have colour but its head and torso are white. A migrant female blackcap arrived last week and feeds on fat balls and sunflower seeds pretty much all day long. (I feed all year round.)

  • Annie:

    02 Jan 2021 19:41:00

    I have a Wren back in my garden after three years, but havenโ€™t seen my hedgehog for over a year now ๐Ÿ˜•

  • Sarah Gunn:

    02 Jan 2021 20:08:00

    I feed the birds all year round, have had a green woodpecker, thrush, all regular birds too. We currently have a hedgehog in the house in the garden,alongside several wood piles.

  • Beryl Calder:

    03 Jan 2021 19:02:00

    A large hedgehog was in the garden end of April/May . I purchased a hedgehog house and put food out but havenโ€™t seen one since but know they are around .. How can I encourage a hedgehog into my garden .. I would love one ..

    Hi Beryl - this page might help you Best of luck Charlotte
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