Rewilding your Garden - Creating Spaces for Wildlife & Wonder

It's widely known that spending time in the natural outdoor environment has a positive impact on a child's holistic development. Obviously, the ideal outdoor areas to explore are natural landscapes which offer freedom to roam & discover wide open spaces, but small havens can be created by your backdoor with just a little imagination.

Creating space for wildlife in your backyard doesn't have to be a big project, it can be simple, inexpensive & needn't to take up large areas of your garden either.

This wild space was simple to create & now provides a space for exploration, discovery & wonder.

We used a small section of our back garden for our mini nature garden. To create it we made
a circular shape in the grass with the lawnmower & cut the rest of the grass around it as normal. The circle was big enough for Minnie to sit in or lie down in. Our circle of uncut grass quickly began to grow & soon dandelions & other wildflowers appeared amongst the growing grass.

A week or so later we cut the grass again but left the rewilding area of grass as it was. By now Minnie was noticing the insects that were benefiting from this new nature space.

The wild clover that was growing among the grass was perfect for attracting bees, & Minnie was able to closely observe them hovering from plant to plant collecting pollen. She was captivated by their movements & her observations sparked endless questions. Where do bees live? Why do they like pollen & where do they take it to? Why do bees buzz? I wonder where they're going next... I wonder what it's like to be a bee.

A number of other insects were attracted to the mini wild area including butterflies, moths, crickets & ladybirds. The dandelions had grown beautifully & were not only providing an ideal spot for wildlife, but also a great variety of textures to explore.

 Minnie loved sitting in the middle of the circle, carefully examining the dandelion seed heads before blowing them & watching the seeds float up across the garden. I wonder how high they'll fly... I wonder where they'll land... 

Unexpected beauty appeared & offered more colour & shapes to discover.

Minnie had ownership of this space, it was hers to explore & play in as she wished.  The size was ideal for her to feel secure, & provided another world for her to immerse herself in. It's been lovely to hear her singing & chatting to herself, & observing her imaginative play as she's explored the circle. 

Although big enough for her to explore, this circular wild area hasn't taken over the rest of our backyard, & has become another feature.

This wild space has provided endless discoveries & play opportunities, as well as another area for minibeasts to explore. Could you create something similar in your backyard?