What is the connection between garden and wildlife, yet we do know both of them involving nature, but got differences as well. The most difference is in how it was made, garden are made by human, while wildlife are built by nature.
That’s the easiest part to draw the connection between both of them. If you do like more scientific, then as you could see living community of microbes and animals creating a balance of nature. A single square yard of woodland floor is typically home to 30 million nematodes (eelworms) and 250 different species of mites.
Unlike plants, the microorganisms and animals of the soil community cannot make their own food and depend on organic matter from the world above, so more organic matter means more microbes and more soil animals.
To a very large extent, everything else in the garden depends on the health of this soil community. Healthy soil means healthy plants, which provide plenty of nectar for pollinators and lots of leaves for the herbivorous insects that are eaten by beetles, birds, predatory wasps, and spiders.
The soil community also contributes directly to the well-being of many of the larger and more conspicuous animals in the garden. Small soil animals like spring tails are food for ground-dwelling beetles and spiders, while earthworms are a favorite food of frogs and toads, and even of larger animals such as raccoons and foxes. And don’t forget the wildlife that inhabits the compost pile itself.
A compost pile is a complete ecosystem, a world in miniature. Worms eat decaying vegetation and excrete organic compounds that enrich the mix, while their burrowing helps aerate the compost. As organic matter is passed through an earthworm’s digestive system, it is finely ground and neutralized by calcium carbonate that is secreted by the worm’s gizzard.
Fungi and actinomycetes (a group of organisms intermediate between bacteria and true fungi) get to work on the tougher plant residues that the bacteria leave behind. The microbes are food for organisms such as mites, nematodes, and springtails, which are in turn eaten by centipedes, ground beetles, rove beetles, spiders, and more exotic predators such as pseudoscorpions.
Finally, larger carnivores (for example, slow worms, shrews, and toads) move in, attracted by the warm, sheltered environment and the abundance of food.