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Wildlife & Nature Areas

We can Design, Specify and Install Garden Wildlife Areas

Our team love to work in harmony with the environment, we have completed several projects throughout Kent, Sussex and Surrey where special areas or elements were set aside for the local wildlife to thrive in. These have included natural ponds, native hedging, coppicing, woodland areas and wild flowers; plants that attract a wide array of birds, butterflies and bees. We have also incorporate hedgehog shelters, ladybird towers, bee “hotels”, and even ponds with gentle sloping sides to encourage amphibians to come in and out! Some have even gone as far as to ask us to install camera equipment as part of their garden design to keep a joyful watch over a large bird box or badger sett.

Gardening for Wildlife

Wildlife in the Garden

It is becoming ever more important to look after our local ecology and biodiversity as environmental issues seem to get more numerous every day. You can never have to much knowledge and understanding on all manor of garden wildlife and their needs which is why Openview Landscape Design Ltd invest in extensive staff training from artificial badger sett design to being a member of the 
Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT).We are also extremely fortunate to have excellent relationships with local ecologists who are always on hand to provide specialist advice on, for example, how to attract Great Crested Newts into the garden or cater for the needs of roosting bats in out buildings.

Garden Wildlife Area

Butterfly on Flower

Wildlife & Nature Area Design Considerations

Although it's great to create a garden wildlife haven for your local flora and fauna it also needs to work within your existing, or new, garden design so as to seem a part of the landscape; a purposeful element rather than just a corner with long grass! Nurturing our biodiversity is hugely important and you don't need a large garden to look at investing in your local ecology, garden wildlife habitat areas can be accommodated in more petite spaces too but there are elements to consider. Encouraging a thriving ecosystem relies largely on the vegetation within it but providing green spaces doesn't have to mean 'untidy' areas. If you prefer a more orderly environment, especially if you have a smaller garden, there are a few key plant species that can be designed within borders to help minibeasts which in turn supports the local food chain:
  • Honeysuckle (Lonicera): A buffet for nectar loving insects.
  • Rowan tree (Sorbus aucuparia): Great for small to medium gardens and packed full of berries.
  • Lavender (Lavendula): Heavenly fragrance and irresistible to bees and butterflies.
  • Foxglove (Digitalis): A wildlife area classic, bumblebees love them.
  • Barberry (Berberis): Great sources of nectar for moths plus good shelter for their caterpillars.
If you are fortunate to have a larger garden in which to consider creating nature areas in, there are several keys aspects you may want to consider to encourage and support the local wildlife:
  • Water features offer habitat for amphibians and a bath for birds.
  • Encourage bats by planting large Buddleia; great for moths.
  • Deep hedgerows provide essential shelter and ‘green corridors’.
  • A range of tree varieties provide for nesting birds.
  • Create a compost heap, they provide valuable safe havens for reptiles.

Customer Testimonials

I am incredibly happy with the end result. The builders worked extremely hard on this sensitive site, the garden is beautiful.

Mr & Mrs Sheardown (Canterbury Garden)

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