Wildife gardening (illustration by Anna Sutton)
The way our gardens are managed can make a big difference to wildlife. Hedgehogs, sparrows, song thrushes and stag beetles are all declining species in the UK, but if we manage our gardens sympathetically for wildlife, these creatures and many more will feel the benefits. Gardens are increasingly important spaces for wildlife as habitats in the wider countryside shrink and fragment, and climate change takes its toll.
You can find out more about how to help wildlife at the joint Wildife Trust & Royal Horticultural Society website Wild About Gardens.
There are also a couple of useful leaflets for you to download - Wildlife Gardening and Building an Insect Hotel Habitat by the Ulster Wildife Trust.
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