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Making my garden privet hedge more wildlife friendly



  • Thank you all so much for your comments and advice. @Fairygirl luckily the marquee will not be a permanent feature! It’s there for a new eves party which we unfortunately have not been invited to…maybe next year. 

    I’ve already been surprised by the amount of wildlife visiting the garden. 23 different bird species and counting! This includes lots of Dunnocks, Robins, Wrens, Blackbirds and Song Thrushes that seem to make great use of the Privet hedge for shelter. Keeping it but at least letting it flower before clipping certainly seems the most attractive option right now. The thought of attracting Provet Hawk Moths is also thrilling to me! 
  • If I were you, for a wildlife-friendly garden, I would let them grow so that I could attract more birds to the garden. It can be a favorite place for many birds to nest and eat berries.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,246
    Glad it isn't permanent @darren.m.willis0MO9c7oA!
    You could also add easy plants like cotoneaster for flowers/berries, in any gaps. A great favourite with birds. The flowers are great for pollinators. Some are evergreen, but they're all good in a hedge, or just in any space. Particularly against a fence or wall etc.
    There's also a prostrate one.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,527
    Sorry , too much  xmas sherry, that bottom hawkmoth is an elephant hawkmoth not an emperor.
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