How to make a wildlife-friendly garden
Welcome to BBOWT's video series about helping wildlife in Berks, Bucks and Oxon.
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How to help hedgehogs
Hedgehogs are without doubt one of the nation’s favourite mammals, but they are in decline. Ben’s here to share tips on how to help them thrive.
Make your garden bat friendly
On a late summer’s evening there’s nothing quite as entertaining as settling down in a comfy garden chair to watch the bats come out to swish and swoop on their hunt for food. They’re fascinating creatures, but they need our help. Here’s how you can do your bit.
Worms are an easily overlooked part of the garden – they’re underground after all. But a garden with a healthy worm population is the starting point to one that’s alive with wildlife! Get lots more ideas to help worms in our free booklet.
Meadows are truly special places, full of stunning wild flowers and alive with the colour and industry of insects such as butterflies. So why not make a miniature meadow in your garden!
Did you know that the average garden has more than 2,000 different species of insects. That’s incredible isn’t it! Why not encourage even more of them with a beautiful bug hotel. Ben's here to show you how to make one, from a simple bundle of canes to a 5* mansion!
Turn your patio into a haven for wildlife with Ben's top tips for containers, hanging baskets, climbers and even a small pond.
Go peat free
Our gardens have an important role in the fight against the climate crisis. You can help preserve vital peatland by going peat free in your garden. Ben's here to show you just how easy it is. Find out more about going peat-free.
Ponds are one of the best things for wildlife that you can add to your garden. Ben shows you how simple it is to make your own pond, and shares some tips about great plants to add. A great project for the weekend, and you'll be surprised how quickly the wildlife will move in!
If you've got a small garden or just a patio, why not build a mini pond!
A simple log pile is a great addition to your garden for all sorts of creatures. Ben shows you how to create one.
Making part of your garden wilder for wildlife doesn't mean it needs to be messy, as Ben explains!
Work with nature to get rid of unwanted creatures from your garden with these simple tips from Ben
Our garden birds have been giving us so much pleasure at the moment, but what should we be feeding them while they raise their families? Ben shares some top tips in his next video.
Welcome to the first in our new series of wildlife gardening videos with Ben. In our first episode, we're looking at the best plants to grow so that your garden provides bees and butterflies with pollen and nectar all year round.
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Find more ways to help wildlife
How to build a hedgehog home
By providing safe places for hedgehogs to live, you’re much more likely to see these prickly creatures in your garden.
How to compost your waste
Instead of sending your green waste to landfill, create your own compost.
How to create a hedgehog hole
Help hedgehogs get around by making holes and access points in fences and barriers to link up the gardens in your neighbourhood.
How to have an eco-Christmas
Whether you celebrate a big family Christmas, or you just give out a few cards to your friends and neighbours to wish them a happy time…
How to make your garden a chemical-free zone
Go chemical-free in your garden to help wildlife, make a safer environment for people and pets, and save money!
What to feed hedgehogs and badgers
Putting out a bit of food can help see mammals like hedgehogs through colder spells.