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Biodiversity

4. Improving gardens for wildlife

All of the gardens in Britain added together are,  larger than all the nature reserves in Britain. There are a number of ways in which it can be enhanced in gardens including:

  • Plant wildflowers, try to select native species.
  • Plant nectar rich flowers for pollen
  • The use of slug pellets may affect our hedgehog and garden birds
  • Not using pesticides, these kill insects such as bees.
  • Put up nest boxes for birds or bats
  • Feed the birds, especially during winter
  • Leaving areas of your lawn unmown
  • Making sure your fences have a gap to allow the passage of small mammals
  • Creating bug hotels for solitary bees and other animals
  • A small  wildlife pond, can attract a huge variety of species 
  • Planting native hedgerows instead of fencing
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Last updated: 18 December 2018

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