A stumpery is not only an attractive feature in the garden, it also attracts masses of wildlife. A stumpery is similar to a log pile, but is a permanent feature, consisting of upright logs, half buried in the soil, on which moss, lichen and fungi will grow. You can plant ferns in and around the logs for extra interest.
Dead wood makes a wonderful wildlife habitat, providing food and shelter for a huge number of invertebrates, including wood-boring beetles, solitary bees and woodlice.
Choose a spot in partial shade, where the wood will remain moist. Aim for a range of heights and thicknesses of log.
Find out how to make a stumpery, below.