Any nagging doubts I might have had about making the garden more wildlife friendly have been removed at a stroke with the appearance of this creature in our garden. It wouldn't be here if we hadn't installed a (very) modest pond.
The other feature (aside from not cutting the grass) is our wildflower flowerbed. We sowed this last year and it displayed some limited success. This year it, or at least one particular plant, is just about to burst into flower. Hopefully it will be the first of a flowering succession and not a brutish monoculture.
It has already put on a foot of growth since these pictures were taken and the birdbath is fast disappearing from view.
And where is the pond? It's right here:
It is a lot less obtrusive than when first installed:
We have no regrets about turning our garden over to other living creatures. It really is very rewarding!
p.s. Yes we do have a bug hotel too. The biggest challenge is changing gardening practices and then adding a variety of habitats.