Inspired by Springwatch, Ciara and I have decided to leave a patch of the lawn un-mown. We're hoping to grow some long grass and weeds and have a bunch of bugs move in - it's also a great excuse not to worry about a crappy patch of lawn. It will be nice to do a small part to help wildlife struggling with climate change, destruction of hedgerows and people who think it's a great idea to deck and concrete over their green spaces. The 2016 RSPB State of Nature report suggests the UK is amongst the most nature depleted countries in the world.
So far so good on our wild part of the garden, we've a couple of different types of long grass weeds and it's not all dandelions. This is after three weeks of growth:
Giving the mower a rest
I've just been reading the RSPB blog on making your garden wildlife friendly [^1] and will be taking their suggestion of sprinkling a few choice wild flower seeds around the place - and looking at their blog, I'm inclined to increase the uncut lawn area a small amount.
I've planted a few heather and will target this area below with wild seed. I'd like to get a water thing going on too here...something a bit boggy but without hurting the acer tree. Tricky. I'm thinking a wide bird bath will do for now to give the tweeterers something to splash about in...we'll worry about frogs and dragonflies another day.
I love the idea, again from RSBP contributors, of using sections of bitumen covered corrugated roofing [1:1] that provide warm dry and safe areas for smaller garden dwellers, though I'm not sure the wife will approve. We don't have a big garden.