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My Garden

Gardens can provide food, cover and nesting sites for birds and other wild animals such as hedgehogs and frogs.

Our garden is in a south-east suburb of Sheffield (53.2°N 1.3°W) and is about 60 feet by 20 feet. There are established native deciduous trees, such as ash, sycamore and willow in neighbouring gardens and ancient woodlands, parkland and the River Sheaf within a half mile or so. The main features of the garden are:

The lawn is home to earthworms and other invertebrates, which are the staple diet of many garden birds, including Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, Starlings, Robins and Dunnocks.

Photograph of Garden (30KB)

There is one bird table and a feeder tree with various bird feeders hanging from them.

Bedding Plants

The bedding plants comprise annuals (i.e. live and die within a year), biennials (i.e. flower in their second year), and perennials (i.e. flowers year after year). Insects, such as bees, hoverflies, wasps and butterflies, are attracted to many of these flowering plants.

The plants include Begonia (Begonia semperflorens), Cyclamen, Dianthus, Euonymous, Flowering Maple (Abutilon), Fuschia, Geranium (Pelargonium), Honesty (Lunaria annua), Lobelia, Marigold, Mesembryanthemum, Michaelmas daisy (Aster novi-belgii), Pansy, Polyanthus, Poppy, Primula, Salvia, Slipper Flower (Calceolaria), Statice, Sweet Pea, Sweet Alyssum (Alyssum), Tagetes and Winter Heather (Erica).

Shrubs & Trees

The shrubs and small trees include the following species:

Water Garden

This is first and foremost a formal pool for fish and a wildlife pool second and so lacks the gentle sloping edges that wildlife needs to get in and out easily. This has not stopped frogs from making it their home, however.

A small header pool, which is supplied by water from the main pond by an electric submersible pump (2500 litres/hour), provides the water for a cascade into the main pond, which is about 9 ft x 5ft x 2ft deep and holds about 350 gallons (about 1600 litres) of water. Both pools are fibre glass liners. Water Cress (Nasturtium aquaticum) is planted in the header pool to act as a natural filter of nitrates, etc., created by the fish.

The main pond is home to two Green Tench and nine common goldfish - the goldfish have been breeding for a few years now and we have 3 "home grown" goldfish. Various other smaller pond animals are present, including pond snails, freshwater shrimp and pond skater.

A fine nylon mesh covers the pond to prevent cats and Grey Herons from killing the fish and young birds (especially Starlings) from falling in the water and drowning.

The plants around the ponds include Hostas, Astilbes and other moisture loving plants. The main pond is planted with marginal plants around the edges, deep marginals and oxygenators:

The surrounding rockery accommodates snails, slugs and insects, which are eaten by both birds and the frogs. Among the plants on the rockery are Sedum, Christmas Rose, Cyclamen, Ajuga, Sisyrinchium, Crocus and Snowdrop.


Last revision: 21 Feb 2015
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