Go Wild About Gardens

  • Compost heap. Credit: RHS

Soil underpins everything in the garden. Nutrients, organic matter, and the myriad micro-organisms and small invertebrates that live in the soil, all help maintain garden biodiversity. Thanks to creatures like earthworms, slugs and centipedes, plant litter is recycled, soil is aerated and larger animals have something to eat. Look after your soil by mulching borders, and creating compost from clippings.

Fox. Credit: northeastwildlife.co.uk

Noisy neighbours

Mating foxes are highly vocal, with barks and screams echoing into the night.

Common Toad. Credit: northeastwildlife.co.uk

Safety watch

Overwintering toads are vulnerable to disturbance so be careful when working in the garden.

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