Living with SW France Nature by Sue Sargeant
It’s no surprise that those who are keen gardeners like Sue also love wildlife. Here she highlights how gardens and wildlife (including pests) can live in harmony to create a perfect place where plants thrive and pests survive.
The challenge is not an easy one and there will always need to be compromises. Here are some ideas to help meet the “visitors” half way.
First of all, fencing is a must to keep the “bad guys” such as Sanglier (Wild Boar) and Blaireaux (Badgers) out of the garden. These animals will certainly rotavate your garden if left unchecked. Chevreuil (Deer), in particular, love to eat roses and will make a meal out of your vegetables.
More welcome visitors might be the birds and, the more trees there are in and around the garden, the more birds you will have. The trees provide safe landing sites, protection from predators, and perfect nesting places.
The thrill of a garden full of wildlife is not to be missed and to extend the range of species and enjoy Living with SW France Nature you could:
First published in the July/August 2019 issue of The Local Buzz
Images: Sue Sargeant and Shutterstock