Gardening for biodiversity

More than my retirement, marrying Wil and moving to the Netherlands has changed my life. OK, I am still active in domains presented under the headings above,, but first of all Wil and I are making the land around our house, almost one acre, as rich as possible. Besides the existing ornamental garden, a vegetable- and a herb garden has been installed, as well as a complex of ponds. The rest is transformed into a wild flower pasture, which is surrounded by a strip of shrubs and trees in which spring flowers have been introduced.
For the neighborhood, the garden has become an example of biodiversity enrichment and maintenance: More than 400 plant species attract many insects and produce a lot of seeds, allowing at least 10 bird species nesting on our land.  Regularly 10 species of mammals are also observed.