Now that the warm weather has arrived, it is the perfect time to get busy in the garden and help lift your mood during lockdown.
Why not give a helping hand to wildlife too by making your outdoor space welcoming to incomers from the natural world?
The RSPB has compiled the following easy tips:
Get to know your garden birds
Attracting birds into your garden with feeders or a source of fresh, clean water will help you get to know your garden birds.
Only feed selected foods at this time of year, such as sunflower seeds, pinhead oatmeal or special mixes for birds that feed mainly on insects.
Remember, good hygiene is vital, or feeding may do more harm than good.
Sow some seeds for bees
It’s not too late to start growing flowering plants from seeds such as cornflowers, marigolds and poppies to help provide bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects with a much-needed food source.
Let it grow
Now is the time when people usually start a bit of spring cleaning in their gardens. Of course we like our gardens to look beautiful, but if you can leave bits undisturbed and wild, you will be rewarded with wildlife that might not otherwise find a place to stay.
That unkempt hedge could well have birds nesting in it by now, and the pile of leaves in the corner is perfect for visiting hedgehogs.
Michaela Lancaster, sales director for Barratt Homes Manchester, said: “We often provide wild seed packs to our residents to grow a slice of UK countryside in their otherwise modern gardens. Our feedback is great and residents soon begin to see an increase in all kinds of wildlife.”
Whether you just have a window box planted with lavender or a garden full of trees, shrubs and flowers, take some time to breathe it in.Sit back, relax, watch and listen to the wildlife you have invited to share your little patch of greenery with you.