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Turn your garden into a safe haven for wildlife, protect British nature and enjoy a thriving and peaceful outdoor space. 

60% of UK species in decline. We aim to put a stop to it...

UK nature is in trouble - that is the conclusion of a groundbreaking report published by a coalition of leading conservation and research organisations in 2013. 

Sir David Attenborough said: "This groundbreaking report is a start warning - but it is also a sign of hope. 

Our islands have a rich diversity of habitats which support some truly amazing plants and animals. We should all be proud of the beauty we find on our doorstep; from bluebells, butterflies to birds. 

This report shows that our species are in trouble, with many declining at a worrying rate. However, we have in this country a network of passionate conservation groups supported by millions of people who love wildlife".



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The House Sparrow

Sparrows 
are the life 
of any garden...

Why should we help sparrows? Because sparrows are so much like us, they are so entertaining. As with any human being, their lives are full of politics, watching them squabble over food, all wanting to be on the same perch, then all vanishing together as a threat appears. Everything they do is just magical to watch, it can make you feel happy and alive. They are a great asset to any garden. 

Sparrows have sharp eyes, especially when it comes to food. Provide a food source for them and their numbers will thrive in your garden. At the Simple Life office we have a flock of over twenty five. We attract them by placing deluxe bird seed, black sunflower seeds and fat balls. This is something that's super easy to install in your garden. You can hang bird feeders of all types from any tree. 

How can we
help them...

The "common" house sparrow has become not so common. Twenty to thirty years ago flock numbers used to be around twenty five to thirty, sparrows were just part of the world we lived in. Now, as farming practices have changed, flock numbers are around eight to ten. A stark difference. 

The British Hedgehog

Hedgehogs protect our plants by keeping slugs and snails down...

It's true, they do a wonderful job for any garden. These magical night time creatures shuffle about covering around one or two kilometres looking for food. They love to feast on the slugs and snails in our gardens, which in turn will drastically increase the lifespan of our plants, vegetables and flowers.

Hedgehogs are cute and simple creatures. They require food and a place to shelter and hibernate in the winter months. The main issue is that they cannot gain access to the gardens where their protection and food sources are found in abundance. This is partly caused by concrete fencing and kick boards which stop them from getting in. Our solution is simple. We recommend installing a 10 centimetre hole in either side of the garden fencing, this allows the hedgehogs access to the slugs and snails for food. 

Additionally, installing a hedgehog house can be a great way to protect their numbers during the winter. Hedgehogs often seek a place for hibernation during the Autumn so a hedgehog box can protect them from harsh weather and predators such as badgers. 

How can we help them...

Hedgehogs are our next species of choice. Everybody has seen the cute videos of them on social media, or read Beatrix Potter's stories of Mrs Tiggywinkle. However, hedgehog numbers are down and going into further decline. This is partly due to rising badger numbers, as well as us installing concrete fencing and kick boards, which stop the hedgehogs getting into our gardens and finding food and places to hibernate. 

Dragonflies & Damselflies

Fill your garden with dancing colour

In the summer months our gardens are full of colour combinations between vivid plants and flowers, blue sky and back drop accents from stone, brick and wood. However, wildlife brings the most entertaining use of colour, and what is more entertaining than the rare sight of a dragonfly? 

Only appearing one day every year, these insects are truly a sight to behold. The bold and unique colours of the banded demoiselle damselfly and the emperor dragonfly in combination with their darting arial dances can make any garden pop with life and colour. 


Dragonflies and damselflies live the majority of their lives on water. Ponds are the perfect habitat to allow them to thrive. We can install anything from large ponds to small ponds in any garden, just check out what we can do on our hard and soft landscaping page

How can we help them...

These fantastic insects bring vivid colour and spectacular arial acrobatics to our gardens. They spend the majority of their lives in water, but for one day they leave the water to return eggs. This spectacular day is a rare occurrence to see, especially with the banded demoiselle damselfly and the emperor dragonflies, who must be seen to be believed. 

The humble bumble bee

If there are no bees in 50 years, there will be no humans...

Some have worked out that if there are no bees, then in fifty years, there will be no humans. Bees pollinate everything we eat, or everything we eat eats. This is a major issue and why so many people now actively try to help the bee population remain stable. 

However, bees aren't only loved for their work. Bees are quite often harmless creatures that add colour and sound to our gardens. Nothing makes a garden feel more alive than the gentle hum of a bumble bee dancing from flower to flower.


So, how can we all do out bit to protect and nurture bees in our own gardens? It's quite simple, bees need pollen to survive and are frequently attracted to flowers in the purple colour spectrum. Planting flowers such as blue bells, buddleia, fuchsia, ivy and many others give bees a wide range of pollen to choose from in your garden. 

How can we help them...

These majestic creatures are a feat of nature. Their huge bodies and tiny wings make it hard to believe they can actually fly, but they do! Unfortunately, bumble bee numbers are extremely low, so low in fact that it now makes our news headlines frequently. 

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