Thank you for all your plant suggestions, I've taken notes. Making the garden wildlife friendly works for me. I know it's winter, but there's no wildlife in the garden at all (maybe I should be grateful ) Don't think I've seen a single bird. I've spotted several ladybirds hiding behind cupboards in the house though. A long time ago I had a garden pond, it was a fascinating project busy with damsel and dragon flies, waterboatmen beetles etc. I lost interest because of feline and heron visits that robbed the pond of the fish. I've manage to cultivate a bit more patience these days The RSPB have an interesting page https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/gardening-for-wildlife/animal-deterrents/cats-and-garden-birds/cat-deterrents/Again, many thanks
I HAVE to defend goldfish. They DO NOT eat tadpoles or newts and, if my pond is anything to go by, they make little impact on invertebrates. Newts are fierce predators and they DO eat tadpoles and invertebrates. You can net against herons if you choose to.
Redwing said:One of the things I've learned in my years of gardening for wildlife is that you will not have the prettiest or most attractive garden around but plant the right plants and allow a bit of messiness and the wildlife will come and some of it will stay. Also, looking at your picture in the first post; those fences are crying out for climbers and things to grow against them. This will also enrich your garden to a great extent, given careful choice of plants.
I ♥ my garden.