Minibeasts in your garden

Minibeasts in your garden

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Minibeasts in your garden

Minibeasts in your garden
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Creating a minibeast friendly garden

By far the most numerous and diverse of animals in the garden are the minibeasts – invertebrates. They include spiders, snails, woodlice, worms, millipedes, centipedes, false scorpions, mites, earthworms and of course the ever-abundant insects. Gardens are ideal for minibeasts, often full of useful microhabitats such as ponds, compost heaps, rockeries, flower borders and shrubberies that mimic good examples of natural habitats. Minibeasts are vital in the smooth running of the garden – they pollinate crops and flowers, tidy up the remains of dead plants and animals and are vital links in the food chains that support other favourite garden animals – birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles.

Foodplants – minibeast restaurants and cafes

Many minibeasts eat the leaves, stems, flowers and even the wood of garden plants. They feed on a wide variety of plants, some feed mostly on the foliage of trees and shrubs, some on herbaceous plants and some on grasses. Where a plant grows in a garden can be influential.