As lovers of the outdoors we know how much the RSPB do to conserve the UK’s existence of wildlife, and in order to protect and preserve the amazing species who are currently struggling to thrive within Britain, their efforts must be recognised and supported.
So the RSPB has launched the new “Giving Nature a Home” campaign.
This project aims to encourage and inspire people to make their gardens more appealing for wildlife, and as a result will create a microhabitat for a variety of local wildlife to visit.
Birds usually get all the attention in terms of preservation and protection. But other animals, for example, the hedgehog are really having a tough time trying to survive, but can often be overlooked.
So what can we do to help? The RSPB website has a page is where you can apply for your very own pack for the new project, but in case you wanted some information and advice in the meantime, we have a few ways for you to help out the array of much-loved and much-deserving UK wildlife:
Feeders are not just for birds, and can be used to entice other creatures into the garden. Filling them with live foods such as meal and wax-worms can entice creatures such as the hedgehog to seek refuge into the garden. These foods are a good source of protein, and will also be a good food source for parent birds hunting for their young.
Water is just as vital for wildlife as it is for humans, so making sure that water is available is key to creating any garden microenvironment. It is understandable that having a pond may be out of the question, but having a birdbath or a dish where they can drink from and bathe in is achievable for most people. Having moist patches around the garden will attract amphibians such as frogs. If they are attracted, they will show their thanks by eating pests which may be harmful to your garden.
There are traditional bird boxes which appeal to birds such as the blue tit, but have recently been joined by boxes made specifically for other birds such as swallows, woodpeckers, kestrels and owls. Alongside of this, there are now many bat boxes, which offer a roost for these protected animals.
Insect hotels are a fantastic addition to any garden. They act as a nesting site for pest-controllers and pollinators, as well as a retreat for them to escape from predators. An insect hotel is particularly attractive to the ladybird, who uses it to hibernate during winter. There is also a chance of having a small colony of mason bees forming in the hotel, which is great news, as bees are the finest pollinating species there is!
Alongside producing flowers in the summer and fruit in the autumn to feed species, shrubs can also offer shade and cover for many species. They may even be lucky enough to attract ground-feeding birds.
So, why not get involved, and who knows what you might spot when you’re next out on your garden machinery in South Molton!