Discover nature in your garden
Discovering nature in your own garden can be a fun and educational way to introduce your children to the wildlife that surrounds them every day. Get among the soil and the dirt and see what you can find.
We’ve put together a little checklist. See how many of these you can find your garden…
You may not be able to see any animals at a first glance – they’re probably hiding. But if you look close enough, behind all the rocks and bushes and sheds and if you spend long enough in your garden you just might come across some of these treasures.
- Hedgehog – you will find these mostly at night as they search for food.
- Frogs – you will find these among the dampest area of your garden. If you have a pond or a water feature this is where they will be hiding.
- Rabbits - and we don’t mean your fluffy pet. Wild rabbits will pop out of their burrows to search for food and may just hop their way through your garden.
- Squirrels – hopefully you’ll get to see a red squirrel rather than grey as they are very rare nowadays.
- Badger – You’re lucky if you get to spot one of these – they only emerge from their underground homes at dusk as they search for food.
Whether you like insects or not they are everywhere – some are definitely prettier than others. See if you can spy any of these hiding among your shrubbery.
- Ladybird – the most popular beetle come out of hibernation in Spring and will linger in your garden until Autumn.
- Snails – can be a nuisance when they are munching on your plants. They seem to appear out of nowhere once it’s been raining.
- Centipede – can be just as fascinating as they are disturbing with all their legs. They are another insect that prefer damp ground to dry.
- Worms – get your hands dirty among the soil and we are sure you will find many of these wriggling around.
- Butterfly – everyone’s very bug. Pretty, colourful and harmless. If you have plenty of flowers you’ll be sure to have plenty of butterflies too.
Whether they are wild or planted wild flowers are a great feature to have you in your garden to create an area you will enjoy to spend time in.
- Shrubby Cinquefoil – well known as the buttercup plant which children use to determine whether they like butter or not depending if their chin glows yellow when the plant is placed underneath it.
- Foxglove – a beautiful, usually pink, bell-shaped wild flower will brighten up your garden.
- Box – popular in gardens due their easy to maintain nature.
- Oxeye Daisy – needs no introduction. Everyone loves a pretty daisy.
- Chives – the rarest of the selection in Britain but so easy to grow and so delicious too.
Not been so lucky in finding any of these? Do you want more nature to be attracted to your garden? There are things you do to achieve this…
- Create a pond
- Have plenty of flowers
- Have more shrubbery including Bramble and Ivy
- Provide food