This is especially true in the vegetable garden. But the aids to this goal need not be plastic or naff. Gathered here is our carefully chosen selection of wasp catchers, bird houses, bug and hedgehog homes plus an array of accessories to go with them. We draw the line at helping squirrels though.
A gorgeous bird table if you want to feed your feathered friends, but are short on trees or suitable walls. Made in UK of FSC wood with hand-made natural terracotta pantile roof.
Suitable for small garden birds.
The bird table has 2 hooks on its post to allow other hanging feeders or wool nesting spirals to be hung.(Please note that the hooks are now a simple wooden peg design)
Removable feed tray for easy cleaning.
The Barn bird table on a stand needs minimal assembly, the post is in 2 parts and bolts together, the legs for the stand bolt on to the post. A screwdriver is required.
The sturdy feet means it can be placed on patios, decking or lawns. Size of the post: 7cm x 7cm x 120cm
Size of Table: 30cm x 31cm x 34cm
Solitary bees are non aggressive to children and pets, and are vital pollinators for garden fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs. Hang the bee log in a corner of the garden to provide a natural habitat for pollinating bee. FSC approved wood.
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Simple rustic style hanging bird table in metal with a distressed aged iron finish. Complete with chain and hook.
Full length of the bird feeder with chain and hook is 70cm
Made from glazed terracotta, the frogitat is a cool, smooth hiding hole for all types of garden amphibians. By encouraging frogs and toads in the garden, they help keep your slugs and snails at bay, allowing hostas and tender young seedlings and vegetables to grow and flourish.
As seen in and suggested by Country Living Magazine August 2012.
This ceramic teapot nester can be easily fitted on to a wall or fence.
Suitable for robins and wagtails.
As with all nesting boxes site between 2 and 5 metres above ground out of reach of predators. Ideally face between the northeast and southeast to avoid facing the sun and westerly winds.
Comes with pre-drilled holes for easy fixing either with a screws (washers provided) or wire (if fixing to a tree).
As seen in the Sunday Telegraph November 2011 and Evening Standard December 2011.
Although UK bats are a protected species, bat numbers have decreased dramatically due to the decrease of natural habitats such as hedgerows, woodlands and ponds.
As all bats in the UK eat insects, they are a great form of natural pest control.
Many bat species roost in buildings and are therefore vunerable to building work or demolition.
You can help to encourage bats by putting up bat boxes or roosts. Bats use different roosts at different times of the year but will return to the same roost annually. Bats do not bring bedding or make nests in their roosts but simply hang upside down. In summer, the roosts are used for female bats to have their babies (maternity roosts). In winter, bats hibernate and will look for some where cool and quiet.
The bat box may be positioned 2.5-5 metres high on a building or a mature tree, more detailed instructions are included.
Just add sweet liquid at the top to attract unwanted pests and hang near to where you are sitting or dining. Wasps fly in through the hole in the base, but then cannot get out. Cunning and effective NB Please don’t hang near your vegetable patch though, as Wasps do play a role at keeping pests such as aphids at bay.
In the spring the birds use them as traditional nest boxes.
Site the bird box on a tree, wall or garden fence and secured between 2 and 5 metres above ground out of reach of predators.
The size of the hole on the front of the nesting box is 40mm.
Ideally they should face between the northeast and southeast to avoid facing the midday sun and westerly winds.
The nester is made from natural woven grasses and the roof from FSC wood.
Simply put an apple on the spike! Alternatively try a fat ball.
Made of metal with rusty, rustic finish.
The bird feeder is now supplied with a detachable metal chain (length 34cm) which can be used to hang the shaker feeder. Or alternatively the feeder can be hung from a tree branch using sturdy twine as shown here.
The hogitat provides a more rustic home for hedgehogs. Made with a wire frame, covered in sturdy spikes, the hogitat blends easily into the undergrowth. Use the bowl to give the hedgehog a fresh supply of water in the summer months. The excellent laminated multi page double sided field guide has great information about how to protect our native hedgehogs.
Go on treat your feathered friends, a box of 3 delicious cupcakes for garden birds to keep them happy and contented!
The cupcakes come in soft re-useable silicone cases with flower decoration and a recipe, so after the birds have devoured the cupcakes, you can make your own for them.
Also included is a garden bird guide, so you can identify who your feathered visitors are.
Hedgehogs are one of natures best slug defences, but with 25% of all hedgehogs not surviving from one year to another they need a bit of extra help with safe habitats.
Full instructions on where to site the house and how to look after hedgehogs are included.
Beautifully made in the UK from reclaimed Oak/Larch.
For other great slug predator homes see the:
Hogitat or the Frogitat.