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garden mammals

Garden Mammals

Most gardens will be visited by at least some of our native mammals on a regular basis, even city centre gardens! Most British garden mammals are nocturnal so we may not see them often but they will leave signs of their visit such as tracks in the ground, food remains or droppings.

Many gardeners will find some visitors are more desirable than others due to the damage that they may cause to plants and property. But it’s important to remember that even the less cuddly or more destructive garden mammals play a vital role in the biodiversity of your garden. Take a look at our informative articles to learn how to encourage garden mammals to visit your garden.

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The ultimate gardener's friend, hedgehogs love nothing more than munching on slugs and snails. But they need our help.

How to help hedgehogs...


Bats feed on insects such as midges, mosquitoes, moths and beetles, acting as extremely good natural pest control for your garden.

Read more about bats here...


Growing fruit trees and shrubs can help to provide nearby badger populations with a regular food supply.

Find out more here...


Now a regular sight in gardens, foxes are opportunists, but will be grateful for some shelter in a quiet spot.

Read more about foxes...

gardening guides

Gardening guides

Our gardening guides are perfect for beginners and experienced gardeners alike and give in-depth information on growing plants and seeds, fertilisers, cropping and storing, how-to videos and much more.

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Sue Sanderson

Written by: Sue Sanderson

Plants and gardens have always been a big part of my life. I can remember helping my Dad to prick out seedlings, even before I could see over the top of the potting bench. As an adult, I trained at Writtle College where I received my degree, BSc. (Hons) Horticulture. After working in a specialist plantsman's nursery, and later, as a consulting arboriculturalist, I joined Thompson & Morgan in 2008. Initially looking after the grounds and coordinating the plant trials, I now support the web team offering horticultural advice online.