We can all easily transform our garden into a hibernation hot spot. It’s important for wildlife to find designated areas to hibernate in winter. You can engage them in, provide warmth, shelter, food and drink.
How can we help to keep wildlife safe? How do we provide warmth and shelter? What kinds of foods do wildlife eat? Even if your garden is small you can follow these easy to follow tips by gardening experts Oeco Garden Rooms. Highlighted are areas you can follow and implement into your own garden.
What wildlife eat:
- Birds – Birds migrate rather than hibernate, they search for their warmth in trees, bird houses or any nests. They normally eat cracked corn, fruit, sunflower seeds, mealworms, millet and milo. They strictly can’t eat tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, apple seeds, avocados, peanuts, and cheese. Also, no milk, caffeine or any alcohol.
- Bats– Bats hibernate from November through to March.Bats can eat moths and mosquitoes. They’re many different types of species of bat out there, some can even eat frogs and scorpions.
- Frogs and toads – Remarkably frogs permit their bodies to freeze over the winter months. They can dig down to the bottom of the pond underneath the bottom surface and create their own roof for themselves. Also, they can be found underneath logs, leaf litters or underground tunnels. Frogs tend to eat flies and moths, slugs, snails and worms. They can’t eat vegetables or fruits and not any pet food.
- Hedgehogs – Hedgehogs hibernate between November through to March. They require enough fat in order to survive the hibernation period, in winter. They can be fed almost anything however not milk and bread as it’s bad for their digestive system. Surprisingly their most preferred diet is cat food with chopped peanuts or peanut butter.
- Squirrels – Tend not to hibernate over the winter period, they remain less active when bad weather conditions arise. They often eat hazelnut and beechnut, acorns, fungus, insects and seeds like spruce and pine.
Wildlife hibernating in winter is all about food, maintaining hydration, shelter and warmth. You can start off by letting your grass overgrow in some corners of your garden, this is an easy and natural way to help wildlife hibernate, by supplying them with an area to nest and gain shelter. This will be targeted at small insects and hedgehogs.
Hedges offer warmth and shelter for birds and other small animals to nest in. They provide a closed off space, creates a roof that will help when cold conditions occur, which is perfect for hibernating in the winter time.
Place logs in different corners of the garden to offer somewhere small insects can wrap on and get underneath for heat.
Own a bird house, this will provide shelter and food for birds entering your garden this winter. Your place will be known as a hot spot, include a bird feeder and they’ll definitely consider your garden every day.
If you’ve got the space in place a pond, this would be a great feature for all kinds of wildlife. Hedgehogs especially, they can take a drink and keep hydrated. Build a low edge on the side of the pond as hedgehogs tend to fight to get back out. You’ll also help out frogs too as they like to hibernate underneath at the bottom.
Or if you’re unable to do this, place out a bowl of fresh water everyday refreshing the bowl morning and night time, this will really help benefit the wildlife staying hydrated.
Watch out for wildlife and their safety, hunt for any potential dangers. Holes, drains, and pits are a big worry as they tend to cause trouble for wildlife, making them trapped and struggle to escape.