Wildlife-friendly gardens

Frog in water

The biodiversity of Bredfield’s gardens

Bredfield’s gardens provide an important haven for wildlife; surprisingly rich in biodiversity potential. An average Bredfield garden may be visited by: more than 20 species of bird; more than 15 species of butterfly; more than 12 species of bee; and, while you sleep, more than 100 species of moth.

When gardens are made more wildlife-friendly, this diversity of wildlife increases and the numbers increase as well.


Making gardens wildlife-friendly

Wildlife-friendly gardening involves: planting flowers and plants that will attract and provide sustenance for wildlife; providing spaces and niches where wildlife can thrive; helping with feeding and housing wildlife (bird feeders, nest boxes, etc); and avoiding the overuse of harmful chemicals.

There is lots of advice out there on how best to do these things: which flowers to buy; how to make a small garden pond; where to place nest boxes; how to build a bug hotel; and much more. Please follow the link provided below to access this information.

Peacock on Spurge

Is a wildlife-friendly garden just a messy garden?

No! A wildlife-friendly garden isn’t the same as a messy garden. Many wildlife-friendly flowers are also beautiful flowers. Adding a small pond to your garden can enhance its appearance and appeal. Small areas left with longer grass and meadow flowers can be framed by a mowed lawn. Think of it like placing a landscape watercolour painting on the plain wall of your living room.

If you have space in your garden to plant a wildflower zone, it will look quite spectacular in spring and summer.


There is plenty of advice and tips on how to make your garden wildlife-friendly.

“When it comes to gardening for wildlife, it’s up to you: you can do a little or you can do a lot. But what’s important is to realise that everyone can do something for the wildlife that shares our gardens. And if everyone does their bit it really can make a difference.”

Chris Packham