This month has two national gardening weeks, one for everyone (2nd-8th May) and one specifically for children (28th May- 5th June). So, for a healthy slug-free garden, the perfect answer is to introduce a pond or hibernaculum (or both!) to attract natural pest controllers.
Many reptiles and amphibians in the UK love a juicy slug! So creating a space for them in your garden will not only give them a much needed home, but also save you some beer from setting those slug beer traps!
Creating space for wildlife where we can is a really important way to help create corridors for them to travel. Humans have carved up natural areas with buildings which has caused serious habitat fragmentation. This affects many species, but particularly toads when migrating back to their ancestral breeding ponds in the spring.
In May the temperature is hopefully warming up and tadpoles are getting a wriggle on. They will be basking in the shallows of ponds and feeding up on algae. As they mature, they will add water fleas to their diet and have been known to eat each other in desperate times!