Gardening For Wildlife
Having purchased a new home with a large small garden i'm in need of a little help and advice to get started thus i hope avioding mistakes along the way.
Well it's in a small East Yorkshire town called Hornsea and sandwiched between the RSPB reserve Hornsea Mere and the sea. The garden is in the town centre and within 1/2 mile of the beach and yet in a quaint private and quiet part of the town surrounded by several other gardens etc in a low lying area. It's largely sheltered from strong winds etc.
When i bought the house late June 2012 the garden was inaccessible "No Joke" and now i have a blank canvas to work with, start from afresh.
The house is south facing with the garden at the front which is triangular in shape. At the house the garden is approx 20m wide which narrows to a point some 30m to 35m away where there is an old mature Sycamore Tree. At mid day in summer the sun is directly over the top of the tree shinning down into the garden and directly at the front of the house. To one side there is an ancient Privet hedge and the other a fairly high old brick wall. From the front door the garden rises up the garden, the base of the Sycamore tree is roughly 2m higher than the front door step. In the garden at the moment there is a small very mature Apple tree and an amazingly big and old Berberis and a couple of very small Holly trees.
I have decided to garden for wildlife and have decided on a pond fairly close to the house so that its visible from the windows. A feeding station too.
But can anybody help with plants etc that i should put in.
I've been a naturalist and a birdwatcher for years but i have no idea at all when it comes to gardening, never had a garden before.
Help much needed and appeciated.