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Caring For Wildlife In A Heatwave

Temperatures are rising year by year and summer can be a hard time for our wildlife, and at the peak of the heat and dry weather, many creatures can be effected.

Lack of water, food and shelter away from the sun are amongst some of the issues that can be caused for wildlife at the height of summer.

Here are a few tips on how to care for your garden and local wildlife during a hot summer…

Provide plenty of water

Hot weather in the UK can mean our landscapes become extremely dry so providing plenty of water is really helpful to your local wildlife.

Garden birds, hedgehogs, bees, butterflies and wildlife alike will benefit from clean, fresh water being left out. Even if you don’t have a garden you can leave a shallow dish out the front of your house.

If you keep a bird bath – make sure its topped up with fresh water.

Provide food

Leaving out food for animals can be really helpful in the heat.

High protein foods such as sunflower hearts for birds are great, as is meaty pet food for hedgehogs.


Providing shelter can help create an escape from the sun; creating a pile of logs or a safe shaded corner will attract local wildlife.

Try to keep your garden as wild and uncut as possible too – as this will provide shelter and food for pollinators.

Growing native trees is an excellent way to provide shelter (and food, too).

Create habitats

For planning ahead sake, creating habitats provides all the essentials wildlife needs.

Planting pollinator friendly plants around your outside space will certainly attract some insects. Or maybe create a wildflower patch?

Building a pond is a great way to create a habitat for so many creatures; you can even build one out of an old washing up tub.

If you’d like to find out more or have questions then please do come and talk to our experts