Even if you don’t have green space at home, planting wildflowers in a window box can be enough to help out pollinators in the area.
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If you don’t have a garden, you could also consider getting in touch with your local council to ask whether they’ve considered letting grass verges grow wild or planting wildflowers on them.
Many councils are already doing this, and with Earth Day happening ahead of “No Mow May”, now would be a great time to push the cause.
Build an animal hotel
Putting a bird house in an outdoor space or building an “insect hotel” is another great way to support wildlife, whether this is in your own garden or at a community allotment or garden.
Building an “insect hotel” can be as easy as simply leaving piles of rocks, twigs and rotting wood in your garden. This creates shelter for key insects such as beetles and spiders.
You could also consider building a hedgehog hotel to support local hedgehog populations. The Wildlife Trust and other charities have comprehensive guides online outlining how to do this.
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Make space for nature
One big challenge faced by wildlife is a lack of space and connectedness between patches of land, with roads and urban developments getting in the way.
At home, you can help make space for nature by avoiding paving, decking or tarmacing over existing green space, and letting real grass grow rather than using plastic astroturf.
Leaving gaps in the bottom of your fence, and encouraging neighbours to do the same, will also allow small mammals like hedgehogs to travel safely between gardens.
Help record wildlife
Conservation charities rely heavily on volunteers to record animals, plants, insects and fungi to keep track of what’s out there – and what we’re losing.
You don’t have to be an expert to get involved – simply download the irecord app onto your phone and snap a picture if you spot something of note while you’re out and about.
Once you’ve submitted the record, somebody will verify it, and it will be added to a database of thousands of other records to help experts keep our natural world protected.