Not only birds (especially in the autumn and winter months) benefit from support in food and housing. Other garden animals could also use a helping hand too. Gardens are less and less visited by 'wildlife' such as hedgehogs, squirrels, toads and other animals. This is mainly due to the fact that modern gardens become more 'tidy' and animals can find fewer passageways. To make life easier for these garden animals, the 'Wild on Wildlife' products offer shelter, the right food and of course feeding systems.
Perhaps one of the cutest 'wildlife' animals in the garden. With their cute snout they are amazing to observe in the garden, aren't they? However, the habitat of hedgehogs is getting smaller and smaller, because gardens are neatly maintained and often equipped with a fence. With a hedgehog gate you can help them out to easily move from garden to garden.
By providing housing for the hedgehog, he doesn’t have to move so much. A good nest is vital for hedgehogs. They can get through winter in it during their hibernation. Again, the neat gardens are a problem. Hedgehogs often have difficulty finding material to build a nest. A hedgehog house or hedgehog basket makes it easier for them. ‘Hide’ it in the garden, under a thick layer of leaves, tarpaulin and an extra layer of leaves and branches. It wil help them to get through winter safely, without being bothered by dogs or badgers.
Feeding and feeding systems
During cold autumn and winter months it is also more difficult for hedgehogs to find enough food. Our balanced hedgehog food has been formulated in cooperation with an hedgehog expert and can be fed all year round. It complements the natural food sources.
Tip: hedgehogs (and other wildlife) also love dried insects!
Hedgehogs are also very pleased by a bowl of water with their meal. By placing the food and water in our special feed/drinking bowl for hedgehogs, you prevent water from leaking into the food. Packed in a handy gift box
Find out more about hedgehogs in our blog.
Another welcome guest: the squirrel. They look cute, but do not have an unscathed reputation. They often like (to steel) bird food, but birds also like their squirrel food. Smart feeding systems ensure that the squirrel leaves the birds alone and vice versa. With some creativity and the right facilities, your customer will quickly create a squirrel-friendly garden.
Did you know: Squirres have an important role in the ecosystem? They are also called gardeners of nature. They change the composition of a forest by a funny but important habit. Squirrels don't eat seeds directly, but bury them as supplies for the winter. Because they sometimes forget where they hide something, this contributes to spreading and 'planting' new trees.
Due to urbanisation and deforestation, also for the squirrel it has become more and more difficult in the past years to find suitable nesting and breeding places. By placing nesting boxes, squirrels can sleep, hide, nest and store their food supply. Our nesting boxes are made of durable FSC wood and have multiple passageways, so squirrels can easily jump in and out.
Do you want to help out your customer? Help him/her with instructions for placing nesting boxes, to be found in our squirrel blog.
Feeding and feeding systems
The squirrel is especially active in the early morning, late afternoon and evening. You can increase the chance to spot one by offering feed mixes for squirrels. They will eat it on the spot or stock it up for the winter months. A squirrel is easier to spot or photograph while he’s eating.
Squirrels are smart! That's why we've come up with something clever too. A 'smart' feeder with a lid. This system ensures that birds do not run off with squirrel food, but it also ensures that squirrels are more interested in their own food. After all, it is exclusively for them. All feeding solutions are made of durable FSC wood and available in different designs.
Did you know... A squirrel can eat its own weight in seeds within a week? That's no less than four pounds of seeds! Therefore, check and fill the feeding solutions regularly.
The bat may not be a garden animal that everyone wants to lure directly to their garden, but these animals are incredibly useful! The bat is also having a rough time. Due to the increasing use of pesticides they lose their natural habitat. The urbanisation with ever better insulated houses doesn't make it any easier for them either. With some handy tricks in and around the garden we can help these night owls.
Bats rest mainly in groups, which makes them vulnerable. It is therefore usefull if they can find a sheltered place to rest. Whereas the bat used to 'squeak' easily into a house, nowadays this is a lot more difficult because of good isolations. A bat box offers a solution to this problem. Our bat boxes have special notches in the wood, which gives the animals more grip and it makes it easier for them to crawl inside. Our bat boxes are available in different sizes and models.
Tip: Hang the bat box in a somewhat sheltered place, which is not directly in the sun.
Bats have to take care of their own food, they eat mainly insects and we can't help them with that. However, we can make sure that the bat has more food in around.
Did you know? Bats are very useful? Per night they can eat up to three thousand (!) mosquitoes, moths, beetles and other insects. They therefore play an important role in the control of insect populations.
The bat-attracting flower seed mixture attracts many nocturnal insects, which the bat can then feast on.
Read more about these fascinating creatures in our blog.
The toad also contributes to biodiversity and organic gardening. Just like the bat, they love insects. Therefore, having toads in and around the garden will help to get rid of harmful insects. Toads are nocturnal animals and like to sit in a dark and cool place. Not only toads like to use this hiding place. Frogs and salamanders also find this the perfect hiding place.
The green toad pot is made of ceramic and offers shelter to toads, frogs and other amphibians. Toads eat up to fifty insects a day and thus contribute to the control of insects. The toad house offers safe shelter, but also provides cooling during the day and creates a safe hiding place for other predators. Place the pot in a sheltered and moist place (near a pond is ideal) in the garden and finish the shelter by putting some leaf litter in it. The toad pot comes in a handy gift box.
On our other inspiration pages we tell you all about feeding birds. The owl, on the other hand, is a maverick. Nevertheless, these beautiful birds certainly deserve attention and are also very useful! Owls are nocturnal predators that eat small mammals (such as mice and rats) and thus contribute to pest control and a healthy ecosystem.
Did you know: a family of barn owls swallows several thousand rodents during breeding season?
Owls hardly build new nests, but like to use old, abandoned nests or other suitable places close to their place of birth. Just like the other wildlife animals, many owls also suffer from urbanization and renovations. You can therefore help the owl by placing nesting boxes in or around the garden.
All these different owls have their own preferences and needs. That is why each owl needs a different shape of hive. Want to know more about the different species and needs? Read all about it in our blog.