Increasing Biodiversity Through Your Garden Design – The Key Considerations

wildlife gardening & birdspotting

The term ‘biodiversity’ describes the variety of life on earth or within a specific ecosystem,
and is widely regarded to be a positive from an ecological and environmental perspective.

Certainly, biodiversity is a key indicator of the health of an ecosystem, as a wide variety of
species will be able to cope considerably better with natural threats while the ecosystem itself
will be able to adapt and survive more effectively over time.

Interestingly, creating a biodiverse garden can also help to attract local wildlife and help
counter the wider effects of global warming. But what steps can you take to create such a
garden space?

Start by Planting Flowers

This project should always start by planting flowers in your garden, particularly long grasses
and colourful wildflowers.

The reason for this is simple; as they have the capacity to attract pollinating bees, butterflies
and a whole host of other insects to your garden during the summer.

Interestingly, these plants may also create a shelter for other, smaller species of animal,
further reinforcing the biodiverse nature of your garden space.

We’d also focus on building as broad and diverse selection of flowers and plants as possible,
as this will help you to achieve your objectives more effectively over time.

Recycle, Recycle and Recycle

Recycling is key to environment an ecological sustainability, as this reduces the need toextract and mine the world’s natural resources and the processing of raw materials.

So, recycling should play a pivotal role when creating your biodiverse garden space, as this
will encourage you to focus on using natural materials (such as wood) which create an
appealing rustic look and are genuinely attractive to wildlife.

Also, a heavy-duty power tool like a Sawzall can be used to easily break up large and
cumbersome pieces of wood into much smaller pieces. These can subsequently be used to
create sheltered spots and crevices for the wildlife that you attract to your garden.

This can also save money and negate the need to invest in highly expensive materials or new,
bespoke items for your garden space!

water saving

Antique terracotta vase water butt

Create Water Features and Minimise the Use of Pesticides

You should also strive to build and integrate a water feature or two in your garden, as this is
highly attractive to all kinds of wildlife.

You could consider creating a little pond and filling this with small fish and amphibians, for
example, or even create a small container that’s likely to entice dragonflies and alternative
species of bird.

On a final note, we’d recommend limiting the use of pesticides where possible, as this is
harmful to certain creates and the overall concept of a biodiverse space.

Certainly, you should refrain from using chemical pesticides in your garden, opting instead
for horticultural oils and insecticidal soap sprays where you can!