Although it’s during winter, water can be hard to come by for wildlife – especially as the temperature drops. Although it’s tempting to cover them to avoid falling debris collecting, leave your ponds open so mammals and birds can access them.
If we’re going through a particularly cold spell, regularly check your water sources – ponds, bird baths, small dishes left at ground level – and thaw them out if they’ve frozen over.
Not only will a splash of colour from plants such as sedums, ivy and asters look lovely, but they also provide essential food to insects as nectar and pollen can be hard to come by. Other fruit trees also provide lovely displays and essential food for birds and small mammals too.
As most trees drop their leaves in the autumn, it’s important to make sure animals are left with some shelter. Any bushes or hedging which can be left to do its thing over winter provides essential cover for birds and animals, plus great spots to nest, so don’t be tempted to get out those shears!