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6 Week Wildlife Challenge

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ManoMano and Skinny Jean Gardener have teamed up to bring you a whole host of DIYs to get you transforming your garden into a wildlife resort. We’ve put together every project from the 6 week wildlife challenge, so give them a go as you soak up the sun! They’re great activities to get the family together, keep the kids occupied and, of course, help the local wildlife!

Week 1: Go Nuts

It can be lovely to watch squirrels skitter in and out of your garden, collecting and feeding on nuts. Although they are sometimes viewed as pests, they’re vital in the ecosystem, and also spread nuts around which sometimes grow into trees – they’re little gardeners themselves!

 

Tools and Materials

Wooden plank
Mason jar
Cable ties
Twine
Drill
Saw
Scissors

Week 2: A Ribitting Project

Why are frogs so happy? They eat whatever bugs them… This is actually true! Frogs can be a great addition to your garden as they can help control annoying insect pests. This simple project will welcome them to your garden so you’ll have a new friend to spend the summer with.

Tools and Materials

Bucket
Brick
Slate
Logs
Spade

Week 3: Early Bird Catches the Worm

Bird feeders can attract a whole array of interesting new species to your garden, from hummingbirds to woodpeckers. If squirrel watching isn’t your thing, why don’t you try your hand at this very simple feeder, and sit back to wait for the birds to come. Bird watching can be very relaxing – as well as this, birds (alongside frogs) help to control the insect population, and will aid bees in their task of pollinating flowers.

Tools and Materials

String
Spoon
Apple
Bird Seed
Scissors
Screwdriver

Week 4: Hogging the Hedge? Build Them a House!

Build this in a shady, quiet corner of your garden (hedgehogs can be a little shy!). You can add a small tunnel to the front if you want to prevent larger creatures from using your shelter (or getting to the hedgehog while they’re inside!) We’d also recommend using an untreated wood, as treated wood can sometimes contain compounds which are hazardous to certain species. If you’re wondering what to feed your new co-habitant,  minced-meat, tinned cat or dog food, and cat biscuits (crushed) will all work, along with water (stay away from milk!)

Tools and Materials

Plastic box
Food
Can
Bits of wood and shrubbery
Blade knife

Week 5: On the Fly

Help bugs hibernate cosily with this easy to set up bug hotel. Small holes will provide space for bees, while rotting wood will feed some hungry bugs. Twigs and sticks of differing sizes provide lodging for insects like ground beetles. Set up your hotel in a sheltered corner away from strong winds. Encouraging insects will aid animals higher in the food chain and enrich the local ecosystem.

Tools and Materials

Crate
Bricks
Wood
Shrubbery
Slate
Buckets

Week 6: Absolutely Unbeelievable

The honey bees are seriously threatened, and it’s important to do what we can to help. A way to help the bees is by providing habitation (in the form of bee hotels, such as this one) and also in providing food. Bee friendly plants are easy to come across, look beautiful, and serve a valuable purpose. Giving a resting spot for bees will encourage pollination in your garden, meaning lots of beautiful flowers!

Tools and Materials

Plastic bottle
Bamboo
Twine
Scissors

If you give any of these 6 week wildlife challenges a whirl, we’d love to see! Send a photo over to our Facebook page to receive lots of praise. If you’re looking for more DIYs to do with the kids, why not check out our DIY Sweet Dispenser, or how to make a giant version of Connect 4?

DIY Giant Connect 4 – Activities for Children

DIY Sweet Dispenser – Family Activities

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