This winter, garden enthusiasts are being warned to watch out for wild animals that might pay a visit.
Many animals seek warm shelter during the colder months. They will seek dry and safe habitats wherein they can hibernate. That’s why they see garden sheds as a safe haven.
However, there’s no need to be alarmed. Whether you find a lethargic mammal or a croaking amphibian, these animals pose no threat. They are merely using your shed as a temporary form of shelter.
In support to the eco-system, helping these animal ease the many strains of winter by allowing them to enter your garden shed.
So, to make this surprise visit less surprising, we gathered the list of wild animals that might catch poking around the depths of your shed.
7 Creatures that might invade your shed
The population of bats in the UK has declined significantly over the years. Because of all the development work which has majorly disturbed woodland habitats, these species are under threat.
If you find a bat dangling amongst the summer water inflatables, make sure to leave out some food and water for them. Refrain from trying to catch it mid-flight as it will eventually find its own way out.
These adorable yet spiny mammals enjoy a nocturnal way of life. You are likely to find them scuttling around the corners of your shed. If you happen to catch one, pick it up with garden gloves and place it inside a cardboard box lined with newspaper. Next give it a tea towel to hide underneath.
If the hedgehog seems very cold or looks poorly, provide it with a bottle filled with warm water to snuggle up to. These little mammals need all the help they can get during winter.
3. Green woodpecker
Although it isn’t common to spot green woodpeckers roaming around, many Brits have discovered these majestic birds chiselling away into the soft wood in their sheds. You’ll immediately hear it before you even see it. Don’t worry; the bird isn’t likely to stay long once it realises there aren’t any insect colonies for its drill-like beak to break into.
Unless you have chickens, you don’t have to worry about having a fox visitor around your garden. Foxes are renowned for utilising shed roofs as vantage points for their opportunistic methods of hunting. So, don’t be alarmed if you wake up one morning to the charming novelty of a fox perched on top of your shed roof, relaxing in the sun or surveying nearby gardens for prey.
Whether you like it or not, insects such as caterpillars and slugs will make their way in and out of your shed. It’s a match made in, well, your garden, for toads that will luckily hop between your wooden timbers to enjoy a winter feast. But if you wish to pick them up, make sure you always use garden gloves as toads can absorb the oils in your hands, which can be harmful.
Yes, even these sharp-eyed birds could be found twit-twooing in your shed. They have been known to fly into sheds during storms. Or it may be a case of a rogue pet escaping and finding the nearest shelter. The best thing to do when this happens is to identify the owl and call a suitable rescue trust to ensure the owl is transported to its most appropriate environment.
7. Giant house spider
When you don’t find them crawling up to you in the bath, these giant house spiders might be relishing the peace and quiet in the shed. These creatures love to run around and a shed provides the perfect environment to recover from exhaustion. The giant house spider is known for creating sheet-like web. One which is not harmful to humans, despite possessing a highly-potent venom.