Concerns surrounding local wildlife means charities like the RSPB are campaigning for more of us to take steps to make out gardens more eco-friendly. Their plea for the general public to ‘give nature a home’ comes after animals like hedgehogs have been revealed to be under threat of extinction in the UK, as the clash of the natural and man-made worlds destroys more and more of their natural habitat.
If you don’t want to consider yourself accountable for the extinction of local wildlife in your area, then you need to take steps towards making your garden more eco-friendly. It doesn’t have to be expensive, and you might actually be surprised at some of the simple additions to your garden that could provide a safe haven for animals in your area.
Feed the birds
Something as simple as a bird feeder can help the local bird population through tough times in the winter. All year round though, if birds have a reliable source of food, then they are far less likely to struggle for survival. A bird bath can also help as it gives somewhere for them to drink from, as well as wash. Bathing in water is actually crucial for birds, especially in the winter, as the liquid helps to make their feathers easier to preen, which spreads oil on their feathers and creates a waterproof sealant. If you lend the local birds in your area a hand, then they’re much more likely to survive in an ever-changing habitat.
Make dead wood piles
Dead wood piles are beneficial to the aspects of your local ecosystem that are most commonly overlooked, such as insects, moss and fungi. Perfectly-mowed lawns and preened foliage might look nice, but it’s a rather selfish indulgence on our part, as a perfectly maintained garden doesn’t do much to help wildlife. Ash, oak and beech logs are particularly good for wildlife, and you could even make the log pile into a feature by arranging it creatively and letting ivy grow over it.
Use natural materials
If you want to benefit the eco system on a grander scale, then using natural materials in your garden is extremely helpfulfor the environment. Man-made materials like plastic can introduce toxins to your garden’s water supply and to the wider environment during the manufacturing process, so it’s best to invest in natural materials like stone paving and wooden furniture from somewhere like Shackletons Lifestyle.