Children's fun

Making scarecrows is great fun. Do it at home, in school and at community events. Anyone can have a go at making these human-shaped deterrents intended to scare off birds before they can damage your crops.

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Bugs love an untidy garden! Piles of dead wood and leaves lying around the place are a source of food to some bugs and provide shelter for others. For many bugs a heap of autumn leaves is the ideal place to hibernate through the winter.

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Bug hotel

Make a bee hotel to attract solitary bees, ladybirds, lacewings and other bugs.

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Bee hotel

A good way of helping bugs in your garden is to plant wildflowers. These will provide pollen and nectar for bees and butterflies, and larvae (such as caterpillars) often feed on their leaves.

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A bug-friendly garden

Make a simple apple bird feeder and watch the different species it attracts.

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Apple bird feeder

If it's raining outside, keep the kids occupied with this range of colouring sheets: bee, butterfly, grasshopper, beetle, ladybird, and spider.