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What can I do?
There are 16 million gardens in the UK and he way they are cared for can make a all the difference to the sorts of animals which are able to live there. For instance, sparrows, song thrushes hedgehogs and stag beetles were all common visitors to our gardens not so long ago. But now the are all listed as threatened species. A significant factor in their decline is the tidy-minded gardening techniques which have become so popular over recent decades.
Our gardens can be a wonderful natural resource for animals like these if we manage our gardens to the benefit of wildlife,then these and many more creatures will find refuge there.
A good source of information on how to get started is the website for you local Wildlife Trust. they will cover everything from creating a miniature meadow and wildlife friendly features, to making birdboxes and butterfly gardening.
Large or small, ledge or yard, your garden can become part of the wide network of natural havens linking your urban green space with nature reserves and the countryside.
Some tips on offer
• Long grass creates habitat for over wintering of caterpillars and cranefly grubs which some birds will feed on.
• Climbers and bushes against walls give roosting and breeding shelter for birds.
• Different species of tree and shrub and flowering plants provide nectar and other food sources particularly for bees and butterflies.
• A pond with varying depths is ideal for wildlife. Birds can bath or drink in the shallows as well as frogs and newts can lay eggs there. In deeper parts aquatic insects can overwinter successfully.
• Bat boxes can provide an important welcome home for bats and a bird box provides a house for house sparrows to raise their young.