All is not lost, however. We can all help to turn the tide of biodiversity loss even if we don’t have access to private green space of our own.
To mark Earth Day 2022, here are three simple actions you can take to boost wildlife wherever you are, and help patch up decades of damage.
Let it grow wild
If you’re lucky enough to have your own garden, one of the most powerful actions you can take to boost biodiversity is also the laziest: don’t bother mowing your lawn.
By letting grass – or patches of grass – grow wild, you’ll encourage more pollinators into your garden, helping them do the vital job of pollinating flowers and, ultimately, supporting our food system.
You should also be careful not to disturb insect nests and should think carefully before using pesticides, which can be damaging to wildlife.
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.
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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