I've been making a bit of an effort in the garden for the past couple of years and been trying to encourage wildlife while also trying to keep it elderly parent friendly. I've tried to do small sections at a time - birds, bees, frogs, squirrels, in-laws. So I planted rowan, hawthorn, apple and holly trees for the birds and put some pyracantha in a couple of gaps in the hedge. We put up nest boxes on a couple of 50 year old sycamores we share with next door. We created a wee path between two parts of the garden and edged it with a small lavender hedge. There are flowering hebes and other shrubs for the bees. At the bottom we have logs piles for the frogs and leaf piles for a couple of hedgehogs who wander by sometimes. For the in-laws, there's the quicksand zone and bear traps. We have now goldfinches, greenfinches, blue *, bullfinches, wrens, great *, a pair of doves, a woodpigeon (who looks permanently spaced out) and a pair of blackbirds who seem to live somewhere in the garden. The blackbirds are really tame and will happily approach to within a couple of inches. Some mornings, it's like a scene from the Hitchcock film. We also have grey squirrels who love the two large oak trees and this year there are a couple of very young squirrels who are as intellectually challenged as their parents. I put up a couple of squirrel feeders last year but they just perch on top of them and still try to use the bird feeders! I was always a bit sceptical about claims that if you do this or that to attract wildlife it will come but it really is true and even small changes can produce great results.