Encouraging wildlife to your garden

Encouraging wildlife to your garden

Encouraging wildlife to your garden is great when you have children. Not only is it good for helping wildlife by providing them with a habitat but young children particularly are fascinated by spotting wildlife. There are also many opportunities for learning about wildlife too as well as fun crafts and other activities. Here are some ideas for things you can add to your garden this spring. Some of them are links to other bloggers tutorials for activities that your kids will love and there is also a review of a couple of lovely items we have been sent to review.

Ideas for encouraging wildlife to your garden with kids

Make bird feeders

We’ve made bird feeders a couple of times now and it’s always a fun activity to do with children and as a bonus, they enjoy watching the birds in our garden. There are many different ways to make simple bird feeders. From simple hoop cereal threaded on to pipe cleaners to pine cone feeders.


Juice carton bird feeder from Happiness is homemade
Biscuit cutter bird feeders from Messy Little Monster
Pinecone bird feeder from Red Ted Art

Add a birdhouse

You can buy lots of birdboxes available to buy or perhaps you’d prefer to make your own using this great tutorial from Rainy day mum.

Add a ladybird house or butterfly biome


We were sent this beautiful ladybird house and butterfly biome recently from Find me a gift. They are lovely additions to our garden and they will attract some of my favourite insects.

The ladybird house is currently in the sale for £8.49, a steal I’m sure you’ll agree. You might have guessed we love ladybirds so this is a lovely addition to our garden. It is made from sustainably grown birch and oak with a hollow centre filled with natural materials. Ladybirds are a great addition to your garden as they are a natural predator of aphids and greenflies that might be attacking your roses or similar.


The butterfly biome is again in the sale on Find me a gift for £18.99. This butterfly house is dual purpose. In the summer it can be left open and used as a feeder and in the winter you can shut the front and butterflies, moths and other insects may use it to shelter from the wind. A packet of wildflower seeds that butterflies love and a guide to common UK butterflies is also included in the box. I can’t wait to see if any butterflies are attracted to this summer and I know my girls will love it.


Plant the right kind of plants to encourage wildlife

Adding the right kind of plants can really help with encouraging wildlife to your garden. If you want to know what to plant to encourage ladybirds then read this post from Rainy day mum. For butterflies, read this one from Megan Zeni. If you want to encourage bees then you will find lots of ideas in this list from the RHS.

Make a bug hotel

We often see bug hotels while out and about and I know they have one in the outdoor area at my eldest’s school. I think when my toddler is a little older we might add one to our garden. I found a great tutorial from The gingerbread house that I think we will follow when we get round to making one. This one from Red Ted Art is great if you are looking for something a little simpler or smaller.

I hope I have inspired you to get the kids involved in encouraging wildlife to your garden. I’d love to here in the comments how you are doing this.

Where to next:

Starting gardening with kids

30 Spring activities for kids

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Disclosure: I was sent the butterfly biome and ladybird house in exchange for this review. All word, thoughts and opinions are my own.




  1. April 27, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    What lovely post!! Thank you so much for including some of our projects in it too! Will add it to my Tailwind Schedule!

    • Claire
      April 27, 2018 / 9:54 pm

      Thank you. I’m glad you like the post enough to pin it.

  2. April 28, 2018 / 9:27 am

    Our garden is quite bare at the moment. But we have great plans to introduce sunflowers, bird feeders and nesting boxes to help us attract more wildlife

    • Claire
      April 28, 2018 / 1:15 pm

      We are growing sunflowers too.

    • Claire
      April 28, 2018 / 1:14 pm

      I bet they would.

  3. April 28, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    Love these ideas, we have started putting up bird boxes but want to do an insect house too x

    • Claire
      April 28, 2018 / 1:13 pm

      Thanks. love that you are already doing these ideas.

  4. April 28, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    It’s lovely to get kids involved with nature and gardening at an early age. Great fun as well as educational too.

  5. April 28, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    Aw ive just ordered my son a kit very similar he loves the outdoors and birds and bugs.

  6. May 9, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    These are great ways in which to encourage wildlife into the garden #KidsandKreativity

  7. May 10, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    This is brilliant! We are just getting rid of our rock landscaping and putting in grass so our 18 month old can play outside! These are perfect additions to our new outdoor space!

  8. May 10, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    Aww that’s such a cute idea. My daughter would love a bird feeder in our garden! #BloggerPinParty

  9. kerrybearman
    May 10, 2018 / 9:43 pm

    Great post, I think it’s so important to encourage wildlife into your garden, and great fun too! Thanks for joining in with #KidsandKreativity, I hope you come back next time x

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