As tree care and maintenance specialists, we understand just how important a strong ecosystem is. Trees and plants are just one small part of the surrounding environment, and they are closely linked to the welfare of the animals and creatures who live around them. That’s why it would be a good deed to support the Ecosystem with activities such as habitat nesting box installation.
Looking after wildlife is essential if you want a healthy garden – and it is also a very rewarding thing to do. You can enjoy their visits, and watch them thrive. Encourage birds, reptiles and small mammals to set up home in and around your trees by providing safe and effective shelter for them in the form of habitat boxes.
The importance of trees for conservation
Trees are home to hundreds, even thousands, of different species. From tiny bugs to large birds, all manner of creatures may already be living in and using your trees. Making the trees even more homely can encourage the presence of beneficial species, including predators like birds which can keep pest populations down.
Often, animals and bugs will move into the natural hollows of tree trunks. They may also choose to live in decaying stumps and logs, where hollows can form. Hollows in trees on your land can always be check by a tree surgeon. If the void poses a structural risk to the tree, then the tree may need to be felled. If the tree is safe and strong, then the natural hollow should be maintained so it can support animal life.
Even a felled tree has its benefits. Leaving the stump in place or the trunk on the ground allows species to take it over and thrive there. The decaying wood provides food, and many species can shelter safely underneath. In the event that we remove a tree, we always discuss whether you wish for the remains to be removed or left in place.
Installing habitat boxes
Not all trees have these natural hollows. If a tree, or a large area of tree covered ground, is short on hollows, then habitat boxes should be installed. During tree lopping and tree pruning visits, our skilled arborists can install these habitat boxes for free. The boxes will be installed safely without damaging the tree, at a height that protects the wildlife within from predators.
Combine habitat boxes with other forms of shelter for garden wildlife, such as buried boxes and pots, tree platforms, and stumps or logs. For more information on supporting your garden’s ecosystem, discuss this with your tree care and maintenance specialist on our next visit.