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Of course, if you watch carefully on a summer evening, you may see your bats flitting around. Whatever you do, resist the temptation to take a peak. Make a hedgehog happy Hedgehogs are a fine garden inhabitant not only because they are interesting little mammals that can be encouraged relatively easily into your home patch, but also because of their liking for garden enemy number one – the slug and, of course, its crunchier relative, the snail. So how do you attract hedgehogs? Well you should be getting the hang of this by now as it’s the basic principle to attracting any animal: provide shelter and food.

Who’s living at the end of your garden? Once you are settled down in front of the telly in the evening, watching your favourite soap, you would be surprised at what creatures come out of hiding within your neighbourhood. Even deep in the city, eyes are opening and whiskers are twitching as the night shift wakes up and goes about its business. But without staying up and mounting an all-night vigil, how do you get to know what’s been going on? Well, here are a few tricks and techniques to help you piece together the secret activities of your surprising neighbours.

I have a sloe bush near me which is in a sunny hot spot. The fruit ferments on the branches and the local comma butterflies can be found feeding here almost until the first frosts of winter. Other favourite feeding places are on windfall apples and plums. But if you don’t have any of these natural sources of fruit, you can attract the insects with your own ‘butterfly bar’. Once your have your bar up and running, sit and watch to see who comes to visit. In addition to the butterflies, you may also get a few late season wasps, so it is probably best to put your bar as far away from other people and houses as possible.

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