Leaf litter

Leaving an area of leaf litter can create habitat and food for small creatures over the autumn and winter.

Ladybirds, caterpillars, slugs and snails, springtails, worms and spiders all use the decomposing leaves for food, protection and hiding places.

Just moving a couple of leaves in our garden revealed an Angle shades moth caterpillar (let me know if I’m wrong) and a seven spot ladybird.

Leaf littercaterpillarLog pileLadybird under leafLeavesLadybird in winterIMG_6604

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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1 Response to Leaf litter

  1. Absolutely! Tidy gardens are dead gardens, leaf fall is so important and leaf blowers and rakes destroy all that safety for wildlife.

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