Mammals are warm blooded animals and there are dozens that could potentially visit your wildlife garden from bats to deer and from mice to badgers.
How many types of mammal can I see in my garden?
This will depend on the geographical area that you live in and also whether you live in an urban area or the countryside. For example if you live in a country village in East Anglia you may be lucky enough to have grey squirrels, hedgehogs, mice, stoats or even badgers visit your wildlife garden, in Scotland you may even have a Pine Martin come and visit. Even if you live in the middle of a city such as London on Bristol don’t despair, you may have a family of foxes close by whose antics can keep you amused for hours. It is a lot easier to see and get closer to these creatures than if you live in the countryside. If you are not sure of what mammals surround you why not get in touch with your local Wildlife Trust or do your own survey of what mammals you can spot in your garden over a timed period, you can even take part in national surveys for organisations such as The Peoples Trust for Endangered Species.
Why are mammals good for my garden?
Mammals are part of our eco system and without them we would be in all sorts of trouble. Take the hedgehog for example; they will eat your common garden pests, keeping your flowers and veg in pristine condition. Bats will control insect pests and moths; moles even help you out by eating grubs and other insects. If you have food scraps you can feed these to foxes or badgers to save on waste. But mostly with a little bit of hard work you will be rewarded by sightings of many mammals and be intrigued and delighted by their antics and behaviour.
What can I do to encourage mammals into my garden?
There are several ways you can encourage mammals into your wildlife garden. You can feed mammals such as hedgehogs meaty dog or cat food. Use a feeding stations if cats or dogs are likely to get at it before the hedgehog does! You can provide a habitat to encourage mammals such as hedges, fruit trees, bushes and hiding places. Piles of leaves are also make great habitats for animals looking for somewhere to hide or even hibernate. You can even provide homes such as bat boxes and hedgehog homes to encourage them to stay a bit longer. It’s also important though to be wildlife friendly by not using pesticides or poisons and remember if you have a pond to use sloping sides so any small creatures can find their way out should they fall in.
How to help hedgehogs in your garden
How to help bats in your garden