The loss of natural habitats is
making gardens a vital home for many animals including bats, birds and
butterflies. Why not turn your garden into a wildlife haven?
The best way to attract bats into your garden is by growing plants that attract
night flying insects such as moths. These insects will provide food for the bats
and will hopefully make your garden one of a bat's regular feeding grounds. The
list below suggests some night-scented plants you could try:
Night-scented stock (Matthiola
Nottingham catchfly (Silene nutans)
Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)
Tobacco plant (Nicotiana affinis)
Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenus)
White jasmine (Jasmium officinale)
Dog rose (Rosa canina)
Ivy (Hedera helix)
Another way to attract insects into your garden is by having a pond. Many
insects lay their eggs in water and the emerging young (and adults laying the
eggs) will provide food for a range of bat species.
Trees provide bats with roosting spaces and feeding perches. Why not plant some
native trees that will provide bats with homes in years to come? You could also
put up some bat boxes to provide roosting and breeding sites.
Avoiding the use of chemicals in your garden will encourage all wildlife as the
creatures we see as pests are food for predators like hedgehogs, slugs and
ladybirds. It may take a while to achieve a natural balance but you will be
rewarded with a garden which is full of life.