Spring is a popular time of year to have a big garden tidy up and at the minute, a lot of us are finding that we might have a little more time on our hands have been turning our attentions to our gardens over the past few weeks. However, badly timed garden tidy ups, in both spring and autumn, can be damaging for our wildlife disturbing nesting sites and can remove habitats for species that hibernate impacting many species. However, instead of having a big tidy up, May is a perfect time of year to do some gardening for wildlife whilst remembering it’s good to be a little messy!
Whilst some of us might prefer our gardens to look neat and tidy, wildlife actually prefers things a little rough around the edges and gardens that are wild and messy, giving us the perfect excuse to leave part of our gardens to run wild.
Hedgehogs are no exception to this and leaving leaf litter lying in your garden can hugely benefit them as they rely on leaves for their nests and leaf litter also provides the perfect habitat for a huge wealth of invertebrate species on which hedgehogs feed.