The sun is shining (finally!) and we are all spending more time outside (we most certainly have as we have started growing our own vegetables!) but what we love can be chaos for smaller creatures so why not welcome nature into your garden with some of these cute little homes?
During the day, especially in the midday sun, finding shade is a priority for many animals, so why not help them out with some of today’s arrivals?
We have a just added some lovely little houses for bird, bees and butterflies and even a hedgehog house!
They are made from FSC approved plywood and mdf – they come unpainted so why not stain or paint them to match your garden?
The butterfly house is approx H23cm x W22cm x D16cm and has a small well on the front where you can place bits of fruit or sugar water to make the home extra appealing! Find them on Etsy
Place your butterfly house in a sunny but sheltered spot so that it is protected from the wind. It should be around four to six feet above the ground and near nectar-rich flowers which will act as a good food source for visiting butterflies. Ref: Woodland trust
The bird house is H20.5cm x W16cm x D12cm and features a little hanging side showing all birds are welcome (although we aren’t sure the birds can read!) Grab one over on Etsy
Unless there are trees or buildings which shade the box during the day, face the box between north and east, thus avoiding strong sunlight and the wettest winds. Make sure that the birds have a clear flight path to the nest without any clutter directly in front of the entrance. Tilt the box forward slightly so that any driving rain will hit the roof and bounce clear. Ref : RSPB
The bee house is approx H22cm x W24cm x D10cm. I love this design, we previously had the hexagonal ones but this is a brand new design. My girls love our bee house and often come running in to tell us a bee has been nearby! Grab one on Etsy here
The Bee House should be placed against a flat surface and located in an area protected from high winds. The front of the house should have a south or southwest exposure where it will get the most sun in winter to keep bees warm. Ref : Gardeners.com
And lastly for our prickly friends we have these Hedgehog houses, perfect for the winter hibernation but also providing shade in the summer. Find them on Etsy
Hibernating hedgehogs like peace and quiet. Put the house where it won’t be disturbed, against a wall, bank or fence if possible and under or near plant cover. The north wind doth blow, so face the entrance away from north or north-east and you’re more likely to encourage a guest. Ref: BBC
We are super excited to add these homes to our collection and we would love to see photos of them in their new homes and seeing how you are going to welcome nature into your garden – you can tag us on social media at @hollyandollie twitter/fb/insta or @hollyandollieuk on Tiktok
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