Caring for Wildlife in Summer Keeping wildlife safe in summer You can help the wildlife in your garden by giving animals plenty of fresh, clean water for drinking and bathing. Don't forget to be wildlife-friendly when you're tending to your garden in the summer - take care when using lawn-mowers or strimmers and keep pesticides out of reach of animals. If you're enjoying some sports in the back garden, don't forget to remove any equipment after use to stop animals from getting caught in sports netting. We also recommend replacing pond or plant netting with solid metal mesh, too. Breeding season for grass snakes Snakes are most active during the summer months - don't be alarmed if you see one! Most are just passing through and tend to shy away from humans. Summer is breeding season for grass snakes, so you may find their small leathery white eggs in compost heaps, grass cuttings or sawdust piles between June and September. You can tell they're grass snake eggs, as no other snake native to the UK lays eggs outside the body. Please leave the eggs undisturbed throughout this time. Find out more about caring for wildlife here.