Native trees, such as oak and silver birch, are particularly good at supporting many different species of wildlife. For instance, ecological surveys have shown that the oak supports 284 species of UK insect! Smaller native trees include the holly, hazel and mountain ash (or rowan).
Birds are particularly drawn to trees that produce berries and fruit, such as cherry, crab apple and blackthorn.
Parveen Dhaliwal, a landscape designer and director of Inspiring Landscape Solutions adds “it is great that people are now designing their gardens with wildlife in mind. Trees provide shade and are therefore a place to rest for wildlife from the surrounding heat on a hot summers day. I’ve seen at least ten different types of birds visiting my Mum’s garden, hidden in the branches of different trees.
It’s such a delight when wildlife come and visit and so important for the younger generation to understand and learn from. Their awe and amazement is simply beautiful to watch. And invigorating!
Planting one tree can attract different types of wildlife for different reasons. Birds, lizards, and insects of all kinds finds numerous benefit from the tree in different ways. It could be the dripping nectar from the flowers, delicious edibles it produces, worms in the leaf mulch underneath or nesting material (leaves, bark etc) they can make use of!”