If you have some outdoor space and love nothing more than seeing the birds in the trees and hearing the hum of the bees, you might be wondering how you can make your garden a bit more wildlife-friendly this year.

There are a host of steps you can take – and one gardening blogger has offered some advice of her own in a post for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Miranda Hodgson shared her experience when it comes to positioning bird boxes in the right places, and highlighted the importance of having little nooks and crannies for all manner of creatures to shelter in.

Following the cold weather, she noted that it’s important to provide food and water when you can, as well as shelter. This can be in the form of log piles, thick shrubs, stone walls and even the compost heap, in addition to more obvious options like nesting boxes.

She recommended having a combination of bird nesting boxes and spaces for small mammals too.

Ms Hodgson also pointed out that different birds like different kinds of nest site. So, for a robin you should offer an open-fronted box, while sparrows are happy to nest in the terrace-style boxes you often see.

Although you might be tempted to put your nest boxes out in the open, this might mean that you don’t get any takers at all. “Birds prefer to nest out of sight, so place boxes behind a screen, such as a shrub, or it may well not be used,” she stated.

To get your garden ready for spring – and all the wildlife that bursts into life at this time of year – contact a specialist for help with gardening in Lancashire if you don’t have time. They’ll also be able to advise you on how to deal with common pests without damaging the rest of the ecosystem.

The box tree caterpillar and honey fungus were named as the two most troublesome pests by the RHS recently.