From The RSPB – Jan 2021

WINTER HOMES FOR WILDLIFE 

f you can, take care not to disturb creatures hibernating in the corner of a shed, or under vegetation. 

Leaves, dried stems and the seed heads of flowers provide shelter for over-wintering lacewings, ladybirds and other insects. 

A pile of fallen branches is likely to have become home to a rich variety of wildlife, even a hedgehog. Instead of having a bonfire, rake rotting branches, grass clippings, fallen leaves into heaps and leave them to rot down naturally. 

You seldom see any bare ground in nature, and it’s a good principle to follow in your own garden. Leave as much of last years vegetation in place as 

possible. 

If you have bare areas around shrubs, grow ground cover plants such as ivy and periwinkle. 

JANUARY JOBS IN THE GARDEN 

• Trim hedges if they are straggly, but only once birds have eaten the berries 

• Plant trees, shrubs and hedges in milder weather. 

• Prune apple trees 

• Check outdoor plants in pots, even in cold weather, to ensure compost is moist 

• Build nest boxes 

• Check birdbaths and ponds, and remove ice in cold weather 

• Put out fresh water for birds 

• Plan for the coming year 

• Take hardwood cuttings 

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