As well as providing a colourful and fragrant display, these create a feeding and nesting ground for insects, birds and other small animals.
It is worth noting that wildflowers are only at their best during the spring and summer months and aren’t always so visually appealing at other times of the year. Following good practice guidelines, the flowers are normally cut back once or twice a year. Sometimes wildflower areas will only be partially cut back, this may look a little bit odd but it helps retain some shelter and food for those animals that need it.
Most amphibians and reptiles hibernate on land and need a cool, damp and dark shelter to protect them from predators. Creating hibernation sites helps protect native wildlife over the winter months.
Common reptiles need the heat of their environment to become active. Some of our developments include basking areas for reptiles such as lizards and grass snakes. Often these are just open areas of gravel or stone with nearby cover for the reptiles to retreat to should they feel threatened.