Make a home for wildlife
A purpose-built garden hibernacula
Image: John Day
DIY enthusiasts might consider building a hibernaculum to provide an additional safe haven for amphibians and reptiles. You can also provide additional accommodation for solitary bees and wasps.
Amphibians require a little more humidity, and hibernacula for them are best located nearer to water. A well-drained rockery near a pond is ideal. You could even use soil dug out from creating a pond for it.
You will need plenty of coarse rubble mixed with plenty of leaf mould and coarse pieces of wood. This needs to be placed where you will be putting the spoil from your pond.