You can also provide great wildlife habitats by leaving wood that is already in your garden to decay in situ. Let dead trees and shrubs stand – as long as they are not in a dangerous place. Dead branches benefit many creatures, including woodpeckers.
Leave woody garden cuttings in a pile in beds or a shady corner of the garden. Piles should be fairly compact to maintain the humidity needed to decompose the wood.
Many people think decaying wood is an eyesore in the garden, but you can disguise it with plants. This also helps the wildlife living on, in or underneath it.
Go for a woodland look with ferns, bluebells, snowdrops or muscari. If you have a large log pile, grow a climbing plant like clematis across the whole structure.
Once you have built your log pile, simply leave nature to do the rest! You should not dismantle the pile, but you can gently lift logs to see your new thriving insect world.