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Building Homes for Birds

For a great step-by-step guide to building your own bird box, take a look at Gardeners' World'sHow to Make your own Bird Box.

The British Trust for Ornithology has an illustrated guide, and more specific detail on the requirements of different bird species, with regard to dimensions, positioning and favoured building materials.

For Bugs and other Creatures

BBC Nature has quick guides to building homes for birds, hedgehogs, bats, bees and bugs.

Wild About Gardens has a 'things to do' section with projects of all scales and ambitions. There's info on how to make a bee hotel in a couple of hours, or if you have a weekend to spare you could build an awe-inspiring bug mansion!

For a fun downloadable activity pack with 20 ways to 'give nature a home', check out the RSPB website.

For Specialist Advice on your Favourites

Bees
www.bbka.org.uk has ideas for solitary bee habitats, and also offers the opportunity to ‘Adopt a Hive’ if you can’t accommodate one in your back garden.
Hedgehogs
www.hedgehogstreet.org show you how to make three different styles of ‘hibernacula’, including an easy ‘prefab’ version that recycles salvaged materials.
Frogs
www.froglife.org has a useful ‘Just Add Water’ guide which tells you everything you need to know about introducing a wildlife mini-pond or bog to your garden.
Bats
www.bats.org.uk has a very comprehensive Bat Box Information Pack you can download, as well as an easy-to-follow bat box plan, devised by the Kent Bat Box Group.
Butterflies
For lots of ways to attract more butterflies into your garden, and for help with identification visitwww.butterflyconservation.org. Additionally,www.thebutterflysite.com has instructions for building a butterfly house. This said, if you’ve already built the awe-inspiring bug mansion mentioned above you’re probably covered...

Perhaps more important than building individual homes for wildlife is the creation of a welcoming habitat throughout your garden to encourage visitors. More advice on this can be found on ourHelp a home-builder.

Two Frog Londoners living in Mapesbury Dell, Brent
A high-rise WildHome for Wild Londoners