Wildlife Gardening Videos

How to make a wildlife-friendly garden

Peacock butterfly by Terry Whittaker/2020VISION

Welcome to BBOWT's video series about helping wildlife in Berks, Bucks and Oxon.

Have you got a question you'd like Ben to answer about wildlife gardening, or suggestions for future topics? Pop them in the comments or share them with us on social media, tagging @BBOWT, and we'll try to get them all answered in future videos.

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.

Help hedgehogs in your garden

 

Make Your Garden Bat Friendly

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.

How to build a bat box

Wiggly wonders: Look after our worms

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.

Go wild for worms!

Flower power: Grow a miniature meadow

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!

Make a mini meadow

Check in time: Make a bug hotel

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!

Make a bug hotel

Patio gardens for wildlife

Turn your patio into a haven for wildlife with Ben's top tips for containers, hanging baskets, climbers and even a small pond.

Create a container garden for wildlife

Go peat free in the garden

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

Create a wildlife pond

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!

Get step by step instructions and lists of great pond plants  

If you've got a small garden or just a patio, why not build a mini pond!

Make a simple log pile for wildlife

A simple log pile is a great addition to your garden for all sorts of creatures. Ben shows you how to create one.

Make your garden wilder for wildlife

Making part of your garden wilder for wildlife doesn't mean it needs to be messy, as Ben explains!

Natural pest control

Work with nature to get rid of unwanted creatures from your garden with these simple tips from Ben

Feeding the birds in spring

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.

Create a buzz - flowers for bees and butterflies

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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