Squire's Garden Centres promotes wildlife gardening

Squire's Garden Centres recent survey of almost 2,000 people found 98 per cent of people enjoy watching wildlife in their garden, 78 per cent would leave (or have already left) and area of their garden "wild" to attract wildlife, and 32 per cent spend over £50 each year feeding or caring for wildlife in their garden.


Over a third of respondents said that they chose plants for their garden that were wildlife friendly, and the types of wildlife that people were most concerned about were bees (37 per cent), followed by birds (27 per cent), then butterflies (15 per cent) and hedgehogs (14 per cent).  Other animals that people said they were concerned about included frogs, foxes, badgers, squirrels, ladybirds and stag beetles. 

Some 15 per cent of people surveyed were concerned about butterflies

Squire's deputy chairman Sarah Squire suggested using a birdbath; nectar-rich plants such as asters, geraniums, poppies, scabious, alliums, buddleia and single-flowered roses; bird boxes and wild areas to attract wildlife to the garden.




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