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Gardeners are being urged to hang out fat balls and avoid turning their compost heaps in order to help wildlife this autumn.

Experts from GardeningExpress.co.uk have shared five tips to help look after autumn wildlife.

Ensuring animals have access to food, water and shelter will mean they have a much better chance of surviving the winter.

A bug hotel. (43048465)
A bug hotel. (43048465)

Here are the tips you should follow:

1. Food

Placing food out for animals to eat without needing to hunt or scavenge is a simple but effective way to look after wildlife. Place fat balls or blocks out for birds along with grain and nuts

2. Compost heap

Compost heaps are a great place for hibernating animals to live due to the warmth it can provide. Take caution when turning your heap, or if you’re able to try and avoid turning it at all, or as much as normal, during the cold winter months

3. Ponds

If you have a pond and see it frozen over, try and melt a hole in the middle so animals still have a source of water. Don’t hit or crack the ice as this can cause shockwaves causing potential damage to the animals in the pond. If you don’t have a pond, a little dish of water at ground level will be a great source of water

4. Berries

If you have any berry or fruit trees in your garden, ensure you leave some fallen fruit and berries untouched to provide food for birds.

5. Bug hotels

Building a bug hotel with pieces of wood and leftover bricks and other materials will provide a safe place for bugs. It can be as small or as big as you like and can be as simple as a pile of logs

A spokesman for GardeningExpress.co.uk said: “When it turns to autumn many of us start to change our house in order to make it cosy for winter.

“Our wildlife is just the same, but unfortunately for them winter can be some of the most dangerous months. By changing a few things in our gardens, we can help make life easier for the wildlife as well as giving them somewhere to feel safe.”

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