September

Nights are becoming colder and days shorter as our summer visitors prepare to migrate back to sunnier climates. Resident birds become quieter, quitting their fighting over territories.

Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica). The photo is t...

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Traditionally this is the time when gardeners start to clear up their gardens, getting rid of dead and old plants and weeds, however if you want to keep on encouraging wildlife you could try leaving seedheads, especially on plants such as teasels and sunflowers and allow vegetation to die back naturally. This helps to provide food and shelter for small animals and birds throughout the coldest months.

September is also a good time for planning and creating garden borders and at the end of this month you can start to plant herbaceous perennials, and also give late flowering meadows a final cut.

Don’t forget to keep bird feeders and baths topped up and clean, the breeding season is not quite completely over so birds still need that extra food. Find out more about feeding the birds in our video.

Now is also a good time to get cracking with making a hedgehog home ready for hibernation season. Keep on putting out plenty of food so that our prickly friends can fatten up ready for hibernation. For tips on what to feed them, check out our video here

 

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