It’s almost September, the days are getting chillier, and school is peeping its head over the horizon. If you didn’t know (although we don’t know how you’ve missed it!) ManoMano and Skinny Jean Garderener 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 last of the summer sun! They’re great activities to get the family together, keep the kids occupied as well as helping 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!
Wooden plank https://www.manomano.co.uk/plank-sill-and-ledger-board-2865
Cable ties https://www.manomano.co.uk/cable-ties-and-clips-258
Squirrel watching with the kids can be fun once you have this feeder installed. It can be easy, however, to take it a little too far….
Week 2: A Totally Unfrogettable Project
Frogs are important for zapping up those many annoying insect pests buzzing around your head, or crawling up your legs. If you’re an insectophobe, or if you or your children love frogs, then this is the project for you!
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 – and especially fun with the family! As well as this, birds (alongside frogs) help to control the insect population, and will aid bees in their task of pollinating flowers.
Week 4: They’re Hogging the Hedge so 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 utilising your shelter (or getting to the hedgehog while they’re inside!) We’d also recommend using an untreated wood, as treated woods 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!)
Plastic box: https://www.manomano.co.uk/storage-box-crate-chest-1831
Bits of wood and shrubbery
Blade knife: https://www.manomano.co.uk/cutter-knives-knives-and-scalpels-1425
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.
Week 6: Absolutely UnBEElievable
We’re all worried about the bees… we’ve all read stories in the news about the looming bee apocalypse , it’s time to lead the bee homing revolution, one bee at a time. Bees like to find nooks in small spaces or tubes, making bamboo the perfect material to use. Giving a resting spot for bees will encourage pollination in your garden, meaning lots of beautiful flowers!
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?