Why welcome wildlife? - Due to our activites/ climate change - numbers are dropping
Percentage change in numbers over last 10 years.
Why welcome wildlife?
Across the UK, our native wildlife is under threat with over half our wild species in decline.
Our garden wildlife faces three main threats: 1 - fewer available habitats due to changing ways we use
our gardens 2 - more extreme weather conditions and 3 - an increased use of toxic pesticides.
We can turn this around, easily and painlessly.
If we all play our part, we can give nature a home again while still enjoying our gardens
for ourselves, friends and family.
Our wildlife needs you.
Bees - are the key to pollination. Not just our colony honey bees but, also, solitary bees.
They pollinate a third of the food we eat and 80% of our flowering plants.
Without their hard work, we would go hungry.
Birds - are a treat for both our eyes and ears. But there is more to birds than enjoyment.
Birds balance our ecosystems: they pollinate our plants, disperse seeds and recycle needed
nutrients back into our soils.
Not only are butterflies and moths one of the most striking species that we see in our
gardens but they indicate a healthy ecosystem.
If your garden is abundant with butterflies then you’re doing good.
Frogs - definately have the 'ooh' factor, especially for children.
Frogs eat slugs, snails, mosquitoes and other invertebrates.
They (and their tadpoles) are an important part of the food chain.
Hedgehogs - eat slugs and snails, amongst other invertebrates.
Declining - slug pellet overuse and our fences restricting their ability to roam.
Without “hedgehog highways” we limit their chances of finding food and a mate.
With nectar-rich flowers, covering all seasons, to keep energy levels high and safe places to
We can re-introduce the buzz of the busy bee.
Keep birds fed and watered throughout the year.
Providing safe nest boxes will help them to breed and flourish.
Butterflies only visit a few flowers.
It is important to know what they are and where to plant them.
We will provide the best chance of visitors.
A wildlife pond is the best thing, not just for frogs and tadpoles. - everything needs
to drink, birds will bathe.
Have a small log pile for frogs to hibernate in.
Cut small holes in your fences for hedgehog access.