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Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard
So, you would like to attract wildlife to your garden – how do you do it? It really depends on what you would like to attract. Many species have quite specific requirements, so we will consider the over-riding principles first.
Wildlife is often at its most diverse where two or more habitats meet. This is because many species principally take advantage of one environment (e.g. open woodland) or another (e.g. grassland or lake), but may venture across the boundary. Other species specialize in utilising edges or zones between different habitats. Thus, where numerous habitats come together, an increase in species diversity is typically seen.
Every animal needs food, water and shelter. The more of these requirements your wildlife garden is able to satisfy, the more animals, both in type and number, you are likely to attract. Some aspects that need to be considered include: the structure of your garden, types of plants, provision of water, supplemental feeding and installing wildlife nesting boxes.
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