Beginner's Guide to Wildlife Gardening Kits

Introduction to Wildlife Gardening Welcome to the enchanting world of wildlife gardening, a rewarding practice that transforms your garden into a thriving haven for birds, bees, butterflies, and more. At Riverside Woodcraft, everyone has the power to make a positive impact on local wildlife, starting with their backyard. What is Wildlife Gardening? Wildlife gardening creates an outdoor space that provides...

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Hedgehog Nesting Material 2kg

Hedgehog Nesting Material 2kg

£3.00
Introducing our premium Hedgehog Nesting Material – now available in two fantastic options to cater to the diverse needs of our spiky friends: dust-extracted meadow hay and dust-extracted golden barley...
Riverside Woodcraft Classic Hedgehog House

Riverside Woodcraft Classic Hedgehog House

£55.00
The perfect home for your little friend. We've all seen those darling little hedgehogs scurrying around, and now you can provide them with their own special place to live. This...
Hedgehog Feeding Bowl

Hedgehog Feeding Bowl

£5.99
A must-have for your garden wildlife! Do you have hedgehogs visiting your garden at night? This feeding bowl is the perfect way to help them get their grub on. It's...
Henry Bell Heritage Squirrel Resistant Ground Feeder

Henry Bell Heritage Squirrel Resistant Ground Feeder

£14.99
Transform your garden into a haven for birds while keeping squirrels at bay with the Henry Bell Heritage Squirrel Resistant Ground Feeder. This elegantly designed feeder is part of the...
Henry Bell Suet Cakes

Henry Bell Suet Cakes

£1.99
Our suet cakes are a quality range and have repeatedly shown high flavour with wild birds. fat rich they are great source of energy and nutrition for wild garden birds....
Riverside Woodcraft Denby Wooden Roof Bird Table

Riverside Woodcraft Denby Wooden Roof Bird Table

£99.99 – £119.99
Add a touch of nature to your home. The Riverside Woodcraft Denby Wooden Roof Bird Table is the perfect way to bring the beauty of nature inside your home. It...
Hedgehog Highway
Single Hedgehog HighwaySet of 2 Hedgehog Highways

Hedgehog Highway

£11.99 – £21.99
Our Hedgehog Highway is the ultimate solution to create a safe and seamless passage way between gardens, allowing Hedgehogs to roam freely each night whilst they forage for food. Crafted from...
Riverside Woodcraft Multi Species Nest Box

Riverside Woodcraft Multi Species Nest Box

£29.99
The Riverside Woodcraft Multi Species Nest Box is a perfect way to give your feathered friends a home of their own. This nest box is made from solid timber and...
Henry Bell Finch Blend 1.8kg

Henry Bell Finch Blend 1.8kg

£6.99
This 1.8kg bag of high quality Henry Bell Finch Blend 1.8kg is designed to attract Chaffinches, Bullfinches and Goldfinches to your garden.  Composition  Canary Seed, Black Rape Seed, Nyger Seed,...
Calm & Clean Antibacterial Spray 100% Natural

Calm & Clean Antibacterial Spray 100% Natural

£5.99
Calm and Clean contains 100% natural ingredients to keep your small animals healthy and their home environment hygienic with no lingering chemical odours to unsettle them. Extracts of camomile and...
Henry Bell Essential Four Arm Complete Feeding Station

Henry Bell Essential Four Arm Complete Feeding Station

£24.99
Elevate your garden bird-feeding experience with the Henry Bell Essential Four Arm Complete Feeding Station, designed to craft the perfect avian haven in your outdoor space. This all-in-one feeding solution...
Henry Bell Meal Worms 100g

Henry Bell Meal Worms 100g

£3.99
Our mealworms are packed with proteins Perfect for baby birds and robins  Suitable for feeders and on bird tables.   All packaging is recyclable 
Riverside Woodcraft Blackbird Nest Box

Riverside Woodcraft Blackbird Nest Box

£35.00
Attract blackbirds to your garden with this solid timber nest box. The nest box is made from high-quality materials and is built to last. Plus, you can personalize the nest...
Henry Bell Superior Fat Balls x6

Henry Bell Superior Fat Balls x6

£2.99
Rich in grain, Fibre , Protein , Minerals and Vitamins  Suitable for feeders and on bird tables.   All packaging is recyclable 
Henry Bell Peanuts 1kg

Henry Bell Peanuts 1kg

£4.99
Our peanuts are the highest quality A traditional powerhouse for birds and other wildlife Suitable for feeders and on bird tables.   All packaging is recyclable 
Henry Bell Heritage Squirrel Proof Fat Ball Feeder

Henry Bell Heritage Squirrel Proof Fat Ball Feeder

£24.99
Protect your birdseed from pesky squirrels with the Henry Bell Heritage Squirrel Proof Fat Ball Feeder! Its unique design makes it almost impossible for squirrels to get into, so you...
Henry Bell Heritage Peanut Feeder

Henry Bell Heritage Peanut Feeder

£14.99
Bring the beauty of nature right to your garden with this Henry Bell Heritage Peanut Feeder. This high quality feeder is made of aluminum with an antique bronze finish, and...
Henry Bell Heritage Fatball Feeder

Henry Bell Heritage Fatball Feeder

£14.99
Keep your feathered friends well-fed with this high-quality feeder. Henry Bell knows a thing or two about making the perfect feeder. This antique bronze model is made of top-quality aluminum...
Henry Bell Essential Seed Feeder

Henry Bell Essential Seed Feeder

£3.99
Henry Bell Essential Range Seed Filler which is easy clean and refillable, ring perches for easy and safe landing.     
Henry Bell Essential Ground Feeder

Henry Bell Essential Ground Feeder

£5.99
The ideal ground feeder Suitable for any bird to use Very versatile Both easy to clean and disinfect Can accommodate for different food types from seeds to mealworms   
Hedgehog Crossing

Hedgehog Crossing

£14.99
Hedgehog Crossing enables garden connectivity for hedgehog survival. This tunnel is used to strengthen & reinforce your garden fence after cutting a hole. This allows free passage of hedgehogs to...
Riverside Woodcraft Owl Nest Box c/w Camera

Riverside Woodcraft Owl Nest Box c/w Camera

£195.00
The Riverside Woodcraft Owl Nest Box is perfect for any owl lover. This beautiful, handcrafted nest box is made from solid timber and can be personalized with your initials or...
Riverside Woodcraft Classic Hedgehog House c/w Camera Bundle

Riverside Woodcraft Classic Hedgehog House c/w Camera Bundle

£199.00
The perfect home for your little friend. We've all seen those darling little hedgehogs scurrying around, and now you can provide them with their own special place to live. This...
Green Feathers Bird Box Camera TV Cable Connection

Green Feathers Bird Box Camera TV Cable Connection

£48.00
Tiny camera Measuring just 40mm across, this tiny camera fits perfectly even the smallest garden bird boxes. Watch on your TV To view live footage, simply connect the cable to...
Dan Rouse Birdie Bistro - Bird Feeder Kit

Dan Rouse Birdie Bistro - Bird Feeder Kit

£11.99
Discover the joys of crafting your own bird food with Dan Rouse’s DIY Birdie Bistro Feeder! It's a wonderful family activity that piques everyone's interest in wildlife. Not only does it...

Why Start a Wildlife Garden? 

Riverside Woodcraft is dedicated to transforming gardens into vibrant biodiversity sanctuaries, enriching our planet and providing gardeners with a fulfilling role in nature’s stewardship.

Creating Habitats for Local Wildlife

Your garden is a vital habitat for wildlife, from bees to birds, each playing an essential role in our ecological network. By inviting these creatures into your garden, you contribute to a dynamic ecosystem right at home.

Promoting Biodiversity

Cultivating a wildlife-friendly garden promotes biodiversity, with native flora and fauna supporting environmental health. Gardeners are key to enhancing local biodiversity, creating spaces where life thrives.

Conservation Efforts

Each wildlife garden contributes to global conservation, offering refuge to diverse species and combating the effects of habitat loss and climate change. Our wildlife gardening kits are crafted to maximise your positive impact on nature.

You can make a significant difference, fostering a haven for biodiversity and enjoying the personal satisfaction of nurturing nature.

In Our Collection... 

Here's what we recommend for those new to the wildlife gardening scene:

Dan Rouse Birdie Bistro - Bird Feeder Kit

Designed in collaboration with wildlife expert Dan Rouse, this feeder kit is not just a bird feeder; it's a gateway to engaging with the vibrant world of garden birds. Easy to set up and ideal for attracting various bird species, it's the perfect start for those keen on feeding garden birds.

Smart Garden WindoWatch Bird Feeder 

The Smart Garden WindoWatch Bird Feeder offers an opportunity to observe garden birds up close. This innovative feeder sticks directly to your window, allowing you to watch birds feed from the comfort of your home.

Smart Garden Seed Feeder Filler

Refilling bird feeders can be messy, but not with the Smart Garden Seed Feeder Filler. This clever device simplifies refilling, ensuring seeds are quickly and cleanly funnelled into your feeders.

Choosing Your First Wildlife Gardening Products

Starting on a wildlife adventure

Starting on a wildlife gardening adventure is an exciting step towards creating a haven for nature right in your backyard. Whether you have a sprawling lawn or a cosy balcony, selecting the right products can make all the difference. Here are some tips from Riverside Woodcraft on choosing your first wildlife gardening kit tailored to your garden's size, the local wildlife you aim to attract, and your interests.

Consider Your Garden Space 

Small Spaces and Balconies: Opt for compact solutions like the Smart Garden WindoWatch Bird Feeder, which can be attached to windows for up-close birdwatching. Medium to Large Gardens: You have the space to use various products. The Dan Rouse Birdie Bistro - Bird Feeder Kit is a great starting point for feeding birds, paired with the Henry Bell Heritage Seed Feeder for durability and style.

Identify Local Wildlife

Research Local Species: Understanding which birds and wildlife are common in your area can guide your selection. For a broad appeal, the WiFi Bird Box Camera Bundle allows you to observe various nesting birds in real time, offering insight into their world. Feeders and Food Types: Different species have different needs. The Smart Garden Seed Feeder Filler makes keeping feeders stocked with various seeds easy to attract a diverse range of birds.

Get Started

Be bold and start small; even a single feeder or birdhouse can make a big difference. Over time, you can add more elements to your garden, creating a richer habitat for various wildlife species. Choosing your first wildlife gardening kit is essential in joining the global effort to support and enjoy nature. With Riverside Woodcraft, you're not just purchasing a product; you're investing in a future where gardens are full of life, colour, and the joyful chirping of birds.

Setting Up Your Wildlife Garden 

Bird Feeders and Houses: Place bird feeders in a quiet, sheltered part of the garden, away from high-traffic areas, to provide a safe feeding and nesting spot for birds. 

Set Up the Bird BathPosition your bird bath in a spot where birds feel safe to drink and bathe, ideally with a clear view of their surroundings to watch for predators.

Position the WindoWatch and Seed FeedersThe Smart Garden WindoWatch Bird Feeder should be attached to an outside window for close-up viewing of birds.

Monitor with the WiFi Bird Box Camera: Install the WiFi Bird Box Camera Bundle in one of your birdhouses to enjoy real-time observation of nesting birds. 

Regular Maintenance: Keep your bird feeders, baths, and houses clean to prevent disease. Refill feeders with fresh food regularly and clean bird baths every few days to ensure they remain attractive to wildlife.

Tips for Successful Wildlife Gardening

Riverside Woodcraft encourages transforming your garden into a year-round wildlife haven with straightforward strategies. By offering a variety of food sources, like seed mixes in winter and nectar in summer, you meet the nutritional needs of different bird species. Ensuring water is always available, especially during hot months, by keeping bird baths clean, is essential for attracting birds.

Adapting your garden with safe feeding practices, such as varying feeder heights and regular cleaning, helps prevent diseases. Integrating native plants provides natural food, shelter, and nesting materials, supporting a range of wildlife. Opting for eco-friendly gardening by avoiding chemicals and using natural pest control protects your garden's ecosystem.

To protect wildlife from predators, strategically place feeders and nesting boxes, using feeder guards for added safety.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Wildlife Gardening 

What is the Best Time to Start a Wildlife Garden? 

Any time is a good time to start a wildlife garden! However, planning in autumn or winter gives you ample time to prepare for spring planting, when many birds and insects start looking for food and nesting sites.

How Can I Attract More Birds to My Garden?

Increase the diversity of your garden by adding a variety of bird feeders, nesting boxes, and native plants that produce seeds, nectar, and berries. Ensure fresh water is available year-round with a bird bath or small pond.

Are Pesticides Safe for Wildlife Gardens? 

It's best to avoid chemical pesticides in wildlife gardens. They can harm the very creatures you're trying to attract and support. Opt for organic and natural pest control methods to keep your garden safe for all visitors.

What Should I Feed Garden Birds? 

A mix of seeds, suet, and nuts can cater to various bird species. Adjust your offerings based on the season; for example, high-energy foods are crucial in winter, while protein-rich foods support nesting birds in spring.

How Do I Ensure My Garden is Safe for Wildlife? 

Keep cats indoors or supervised, use safe gardening practices, and ensure there are no hazardous materials or open water containers where small animals could get trapped. Position bird feeders and houses away from predators' reach.

Can I Still Have a Lawn and Be Wildlife-Friendly?

Yes! A lawn can be part of a wildlife-friendly garden, especially if you leave parts of it unmowed to provide habitat for ground-nesting bees and other insects. Consider incorporating a wildflower meadow area within your lawn for added biodiversity.

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