Category Archives: Animal homes for the garden

The right Nesting Box

As winter wanes and our thoughts turn to springtime, it’s time to think about nesting boxes for birds. Many cavity nesting birds scout out and select nest sites starting in late February through May, so now is the time to begin making preparations. – See more at:

http://blog.nwf.org/2015/02/five-tips-for-nesting-box-success/

Nesting box with a predator block and good ventilation. Credit to Roger H. Goun.

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Old trees or tree trunks and undergrowth

Tree cavities can provide crucial habitat for wildlife including insects.

Birds seek these cavities out in all seasons for many reasons like as a shelter, nesting place or as a food source as insects will hide in there.

If you have a living or dead tree or snag in your yard with cavities, consider letting it remain standing (if it does not pose a risk to people or buildings). For more information on the importance of snags and tree cavities in your yard and community, explore YardMap: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/habitat-types/snags/

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Researchers from Ohio State and Cornell University collaborated on a project to measure the effects of increased woody habitat and rates of predation on nesting birds. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204614002643). Their findings should put bird-lovers at ease who fear that increased trees, shrubs, and brush piles lead to increased predation. This was their original prediction too, but there was no significant data to support this claim. So, if you resist brush piles for this reason, reconsider, and visit YardMap to learn more.

The thicker the better as predators such as cats can’t get through.Plant bramble for example.

http://content.yardmap.org/learn/habitat-types/brushpiles/

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How to make a bee hotel

This article was taken from More Bees less Assholes and I have included a few more gathered pictures below to create even more inspiration to create a bee hotel. ..

“These helpful creatures are currently having a difficult time surviving, with an upsurge in urban expansion and loss of biodiversity. Bees that live in colonies are also in trouble, with colony collapse disorder decimating populations worldwide.

While you may not want a whole hive moving to your balcony or garden, maybe you could take in a few of the solitary bees often lacking the basic necessities of shelter and food.

Here are some simple instructions for building a modern bee hotel that will do well in any garden—whether its on your apartment balcony or in your spacious country sanctuary.”

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http://m.theepochtimes.com/n3/754644-build-a-hotel-for-homeless-harmless-helpful-bees/?photo=2

Here is another way to arrange a bee hotel (and avcommodation for other useful critters) in your garden

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Or just simply use these

ingredients:

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And make this:

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This is also a way but only if you do not need to buy a piece if wood like this or must cut a tree down for it:

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Here are more beautiful Ideas thatbI have taken from John Walker- please visit his website.  http//earthfriendlygardener.net/

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