We can all do more for nature by making sure wildlife has food, water, shelter and space to roam.
Ensuring your local surroundings provide these will make a real difference to the animals and plants that live there. Help nature to flourish by doing what you can in your own garden, neighbourhood and beyond!
Here are some ways you can help:
Making holes in or under your fences, gates and walls connect habitats, allowing hedgehogs to get off the road and into gardens to feed and nest.
Make a home for wildlife
Compost heaps, leaf and log piles in your garden offer food and shelter for wildlife. You can buy (or make) bat and bird boxes too.
Don’t feed bread or milk to wildlife
Depending on species, offer seeds, nuts, vegetables and non-fish based pet foods…..or you can buy wild bird food products. Only put out water to drink.
Let nature run free
Allow as much space as possible for nature to do its own thing – long grass, nettles and brambles are vital for food and shelter.
Make a reptile residence
Piles of rocks or slabs, old tyres, and even sheets of corrugated iron or carpet can be used by reptiles for shelter, nesting or basking.
In hot dry weather it is vital that wildlife has access to water. Embed an upturned dustbin lid into the ground and keep topped up with water for a mini oasis.
Support a local wildlife group
There are special groups, all over Cornwall, who rely on people like you to help wildlife. So, if you’re interested in bats, butterflies, foxes or badgers get involved! You could become a member, fundraise or get stuck in to practical tasks.
Go chemical free
Avoid using weed killers, slug pellets and other garden pesticides which poison birds & mammals….and this means there is less food and shelter for them too.
Turn off lights
Artificial lighting upsets breeding & feeding cycles for many species. Bats, birds, insects and even hedgehogs are all affected so keep outside lighting to a minimum.
Keep wildlife safe from cats
Keep your cat in at night and buy it a brightly coloured cat ruff to warn birds. Better still, create a run which allows cats outdoors but keeps wildlife safe.