Set aside some time to care for the creatures visiting your garden – here are our wildlife gardening jobs for August.
As summer fades out, there’s plenty of wildlife gardening to be done in August, including helping house martins before their return journey to Africa.
Discover more on this, plus other wildlife gardening jobs for August, below.
Leave seedheads to form
Provide mud for house martins
Swifts and swallows will be making their way back to Africa this month, but house martins will stay to rear a second, or even a third brood. During dry weather, place a dish of mud in the garden that they can use to repair their nests.
Stop deadheading roses
Stop deadheading roses to ensure they develop hips that hungry birds can eat during the winter months. Here are some of the best roses to grow for hips.
Check hedges before cutting
Blackbirds and thrushes often continue nesting surprisingly late, well into August, so check your hedges for nests before cutting and wait until this season’s broods have definitely flown before you trim.
Leave food and water for hedgehogs
Continue to leave out dishes of water and meat-based dog or cat food (ideally chicken flavour) for hedgehogs. The young hoglets need help fattening up before they go into hibernation in late autumn.