1. Water your garden regularly
Watering your garden sufficiently is not only crucial for plants to stay healthy, but helps wildlife stay hydrated and well fed too. Remember, hedgehogs, frogs and birds find their food by digging and looking for insects in the soil. When soil is too dry or solid, small garden wildlife are unable to find prey as worms and other insects tunnel deeper into the soil.
Bees and butterflies however, live off flower nectar, so plants in your garden should always be watered to ensure a healthy supply of much-needed nutrients from flowers.
2. Keep bird baths full of fresh water
Birds need access to fresh water at all times in order to cool down, clean themselves and drink. Make sure your bird bath is topped up with clean water, and don’t forget to change it regularly.
If you don’t own one, placing a heavy bowl which won’t tip could be another great idea. Birds will definitely appreciate this act of kindness during a hot Summer’s day.
3. Help bees
Bees are vital to the life on our planet – they’re responsible for pollinating over a half of the world’s crop species. To help bees during a heatwave, there are a few simple things we can do in our gardens. By placing a shallow dish filled with pebbles and topping it up with water, this will create the perfect resting spot for busy and thirsty bees.
Also, if you spot an exhausted bee lying on the ground, by soaking a cotton bud in water with sugar and placing it right next to the insect, you’ll provide the bee a boost of much needed energy. Flowers such as lavender, hollyhocks or thyme are all super bee-friendly too – so fill your garden!