Great British Garden Visitors

Posted on October 1, 2018

Great British Garden Visitors

The mornings are bright and chill, the evenings are becoming shorter and the leaves are beginning to tumble from the trees. There’s definitely a nip in the air as we load our barrows with the first of many loads of fallen leaves for composting and the smell of bonfires is starting to drift through the afternoons. But what of our garden visitors? Autumn is a time of forage and preparation for many of our garden friends as they equip themselves for the long cold winter ahead and sometimes, especially in our more urban gardens, a little assistance is needed.

Bat BoxBat Boxes (PSC160144)
They may have a bit of a reputation, but bats play an essential part in the biodiversity of the planet and are a sure sign of a healthy garden.
Changing farming methods and urban development have resulted in natural habitats becoming harder to find and it’s up to us to create new ones to help bats survive and thrive.  A Posh Bat box is built to B.C.T. recommended specifications, designed to be draught free and thermally stable. A perfect spot to spend the winter for our furry flying friends as they look for new homes this October.
For further advice on helping bats in the garden visit the Bat Conservation Trust’s list of tips.

 Wooden Bird BoxesBird Boxes (PSC161062)
Not all birds migrate for the winter months, so it’s important to make sure they have a cosy spot to call their own.
A Posh Bird Box offers a snug home for non-migratory birds and placed in a sheltered spot it can make a real difference to a feathery family.
Keep your birds bursting with energy with regular treats of overripe fruit, hanging feeders full of seeds and lots of suet or fat balls. Make sure you use the same place every time and keep feeders topped up – going out looking for new food spots can use a lot of precious flying time during the short winter days.

Hedgehog House (PSC180493)Hedgehog House
Hedgehogs start looking for new homes during the months of September and October as they get ready to settle down for their nice long winter rest.
Purpose built hedgehog houses and regular feeding of tinned cat or dog food alongside “wild” areas of the garden really welcome them in to share our urban spaces with us. Make sure that the bonfire is thoroughly checked for sleepy hedgehogs before lighting and never leave milk out for them as this upsets prickly tummies.

 Hedgehog House