The days are getting longer and (hopefully) warmer so you might find yourself out in the garden more.

But, you are not alone as there are loads of different creatures all around you. Why not make the place a bit nicer for them too?

To help you Laois County Council have produced a special Gardening for Biodiversity book with practical tips and ideas for how to improve your garden for biodiversity.

The book was written by Juanita Browne with illustrations by Barry Reynolds.

You can get the book here for FREE!

A series of short films produced by Crowcrag Films and presented by John Lusby of BirdWatch Ireland have also been created to go with the booklet, showing how important gardens are for wildlife and biodiversity.

These short films give practical tips on how to build a garden pond, create a log-pile, create a meadow, plant trees, and gardening for birds.

Learn how to build a little pond here!

And here is another video showing how you can get more birds into your garden.

Check out more special videos HERE

As a companion to the book, check out the children's Garden Biodiversity guide, with colouring pages and information on the wildlife in their gardens.

Get hard copies of the books from your local Heritage Officer HERE!

Gardening for Biodiversity was published by Laois County Council, funded by the Department for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as part of an initiative to encourage projects under the National Biodiversity Plan, with the support of the Heritage Council.