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How to attract beetles and bugs to your garden article spread
Don’t obsess about luring mammals and birds into your garden - you can get as much pleasure from making it a haven for ‘micro-fauna’.
How to attract bats to your garden article spread
Look out for bats in your local area and roosting in your house, and then provide feeding sites in your garden.
Long-tailed tit illustration from garden birds spread
Warm days in March herald new arrivals and trigger the onset of egg-laying in some daring garden birds, which finely balance the advantages of getting started early against the risks of burning out.
Illustration from garden birds article spread by Peter Partington
February sees winter’s surviving birds on the move in search of food, while the fittest flaunt their superiority with courtship displays.
How to use your garden hedge to attract wildlife
Hedges don’t have to be dull. With a little planning, you can turn even the smallest hedge into a major asset to your wildlife garden – and it will look wonderful.
Grow plants to attract wildlife to your garden article spread
Grow a variety of wild and cultivated plants in your garden and you’ll attract lots of invertebrates, birds and mammals. 
How to use rot in your garden article spread
Encouraging the army of decomposers, from slugs and snails to beetle grubs, bacteria and fungi, is a great way to enrich your wildlife garden and boost the numbers of visiting animals. 
Tadpoles swimming in a garden pond
Watching your garden wildlife is not only enjoyable; recording your observations will contribute to important national data.
Illustration of chaffinch on nest in May rain, from garden birds spread.
The birds keep a low profile this month as they settle down to the challenge of raising young. But should the weather turn, death is never far away. The late-arriving swifts have a clever solution, writes Dominic Couzens.
Are shop-bought animal homes really worth the money?
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