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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!

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Here are some ways you can help:

Link habitats

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.

Link habitats

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.

Make a home for wildlife
 
 
 
 

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.

Don’t feed bread or milk to wildlife

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.

Let nature run free
 
 
 
 

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.

Make a reptile residence

Provide water

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.

Provide water
 
 
 
 

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.

Support a local wildlife group

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.

Go chemical free
 
 
 
 

Turn of 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.

Turn off the lights

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.

Keep wildlife safe from cats