It’s time to garden: practical tips for protecting wildlife

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For many people, gardening means rest and relaxation. It is precisely in the spring, when everything is out of the ground, that gardening enthusiasts are especially invited. But for now, special wildlife species abound to move around and enjoy this kind of little creature. Swiss Animal Protection PSA draws attention to sources of danger and shows how active hobby gardeners protect the animals in their gardens.

Pay attention to the grid: Nets protect berries, grapes and fruit from birds. Using improperly, nets, holes or parts of nets that are poorly stretched, lying on the ground can become deadly traps for birds and hedgehogs. Nets should be used as short as possible, they should be tight and the threads should be as soft, clear and colored as possible. Pets should be checked regularly and carefully and animals caught in nets should be released immediately, but carefully.

Pay attention to the size of the fence: dense hedges provide shelter and shelter for many animals. They are used by various songbirds as nesting sites. In order not to disturb nesting swifts and not endanger the growth of young birds, it is important to postpone pruning of hedges and trees until the end of July, that is, until the end of the breeding season. bird products.

Beware of poison: for the sake of an animal-friendly environment, the use of poisons and chemicals should be avoided (rodent and insect control, insecticides, insecticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers) learn).

Beware of brush cutters, lawn mowers and leaf blowers: the use of these devices carries a significant risk of death, injury or at least serious harm to a large number of animals. Some gardeners should know how to combat their sense of order. A tidy and well-kept garden provides the animal with a much lower quality of habitat than it would have been in the wild, at least in some places, and piles of wood and leaves were left behind.

Be careful with robot lawn mowers: These really handy working tools not only mow the lawn but also have a large number of small animals in use. Because young hedgehogs are also risky, robotic lawn mowers should only be used during the day and preferably under supervision.

Beware of the risk of drowning: Rainwater tanks and large water tanks should have exit doors so that animals that fall in can get out easily and quickly.

Watch out for nesting boxes: from November until the end of the bird’s breeding period in early summer, do not operate on the nest box so as not to disturb the nest.

The various structures in the garden are essential to the survival of many species of wildlife, as they serve as shelters, building materials or possible hiding places. The more different niches the better. Providing structs doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated – on the contrary: a little less storage, a little less order is advocated.

More info:


Doctor of Science. nat. Samuel Furrer
Swiss Animal Protection Agency PSA
Technical Area Manager
Specialized Services Wildlife
Tel 076 345 14 48
[email protected]


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