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Three cheap ways to attract wildlife to your garden

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TURN your home into a haven for nature by encouraging wildlife to thrive.

A few cheap changes to your outdoor space now, will attract a wider range of creatures as the weather warms . . . 

We have three cheap ways to attract wildlife to your garden

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We have three cheap ways to attract wildlife to your gardenCredit: Getty

HOLE IN ONE: Encourage hedgehogs to your garden by making exit and entry points.

Check your neighbour is on board and dig a hole around 13cm wide and 13cm deep underneath garden fences.

Or you could saw a hole in a panel if agreed by both sides.

The more access hedgehogs have along a street, the more likely they are to start roaming your area.

Try encouraging nearby residents to create a route for the little animals to come and go.

MAKE A SPLASH: Building a pond is a great way to encourage wildlife.
It doesn’t have to be huge — try using an old sink.

Just ensure there are a few slopes so animals can get in and out easily. Rocks or logs make ideal ramps.

Choose a location that is partially sunny and wait for it to fill up with rainwater.

Charity Plantlife recommends adding plants such as marsh marigold and water avens to the water.

Check Freecycle and gardening groups on Facebook as many green-fingered ­enthusiasts give away surplus plants.

Planting the right herbs in your garden will keep away yucky pests – add ‘living mulch’ will also prevent weeds

FLOWER POWER: Wildflowers are a cheap and easy way to create a habitat that bees and butterflies will love.

You don’t need a garden — you can repurpose old buckets, large tubs or even holey boots as patio planters.

Cheap seeds are available online or, if you want to raise money for Comic Relief this year, you could buy one of Holland & Barrett’s compostable red noses, £4.50.

When it’s planted it transforms into wildflowers.

If you have a lawn, dandelions and daisies may already be present.

When mowing, use a blade setting high enough to pass over emerging flowers.

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