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6 - Pests and diseases
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RobinGarden friends
Many of the insects, birds and amphibians which come to our gardens will help to control pests by eating them.
There are lots of ways we can encourage these friends:
  • Grow nectar-rich flowers, such as the poached egg plant, Limnanthes douglasii.
  • Leave places for them to live over winter.
  • Make a wildlife pool.
  • Put out bird food, water and nesting boxes.
Blue tit Birds What they feed on
Robin and blackbird Soil grubs, caterpillars and other nuisances
Thrush Snails
Blue tit Greenfly
Wrens Thunderflies and springtails
Hedgehog Mammals
Hedgehogs Snails
Foxes Snails and grubs
Frogs and toads Slugs
Ground beetles and larvae Slugs, cabbage root fly, flea beetles, weevils and other soil pests
Lacewing and larvae Aphids and other small pests
Hoverflies and larvae Aphids
spider Spiders Flying pests, aphids, newly hatched caterpillars and woodlice
Ladybirds and larvae Aphids
Centipedes Springtails, mites, slugs and other insects
6. Problem solving

Pests and diseases
 Common pests
 Common diseases
 Problems caused by growing conditions
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