GREEN TIP OF THE MONTH working together with MORETONHAMPSTEAD PARISH COUNCIL
INVITE WILDLIFE INTO YOUR GARDEN!
With green shoots, blossoms and nesting birds heralding spring’s arrival and the chance to spend more time outdoors, it’s an ideal opportunity to think about how we can invite wildlife into our gardens. No space is too small and any action can contribute to combating the effects of the climate change and ecological emergency as well as improving our mental health. Here are some ideas of projects to get you thinking and keep the kids occupied in the Easter holidays…
- Leave some areas unmanaged – wild flowers, log piles and leaf mulch all provide habitats for pollinators and mini-beasts. Alternatively, build a bug hotel. Find inspiration at https://diygarden.co.uk/wildlife/bug-hotel
- If you have space, consider adding a pond (https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions/how- build-pond) or wildflower meadow (see https://www.rspb.org.uk/…/garden- activities/startawildflowermeadow )
- Provide food, shelter and nesting sites for birds. See https://www.rspb.org.uk
- Hedgehogs are great at eating slugs and snails but this once common prickly mammal is now endangered and need all the help they can get to survive – Find out more at https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk
- Plant a tree – visit https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2019/03/british-trees-to-plant. to find out more
We are blessed in Moretonhampstead with many people and groups who have the enthusiasm, knowledge and skills to inspire and assist on this subject – Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming events you can get involved in or explore this page for more ideas – or pop into Zero Waste for a paper copy.
HAPPY GARDENING FOR WILDLIFE!