Wildlife month by month

May

To attract bees, butterflies and birds to your garden in early summer, follow the below tips:

  • Grow wild, leave a corner of your garden to grow wild and you’ll soon have a mini-meadow teeming with life...
  • Build a log pile in a quiet corner to attract insects, fungi, frogs and hedgehogs.
  • Grow organic, if you stop using pesticides and herbicides this will encourage wildlife to your garden.  If you leave the aphids the ladybirds will have something to eat!
  • Planting trees and shrubs is one of the best ways to attract wildlife.
  • Just add water, create a wet area or small pond, if you have space, and plant with native species.  Even a birdbath or upturned pot lid will attract wildlife.
  • Avoid using peat, peat comes from rare and threatened wild habitats.  There are now good quality peat free composts widely available.

Edinburgh Biodiversity week is held during the third week in May each year, with events including

  • guided walks
  • activities for kids
  • wildlife surveys
  • get-your-hands-dirty conservation tasks.

For more details contact

biodiversity@edinburgh.gov.uk.

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