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How to help our wildlife flourish

Tied sticks or bamboo sticks give insects somewhere to live Photo: ITV London

Amonth after 25 of the country’s leading charities found two thirds of thecountry’s wildlife is in decline, the RSPB has said it’s not too late to turnthings around.

It’slaunched ‘Giving Nature a Home’ a campaign to encourage all of us to provide aplace for wildlife to flourish in our gardens and outside space.

MikeClarke, RSPB Chief Executive says: “Although theoverall problem is huge, the solution can start on a small scale, right on ourdoorsteps. We need everyone to help by turning their outside space into awildlife haven.

“The more people that get involved in our Giving Nature a Home campaignthe better. Our aim is to provide one million homes for nature across the UK,because if there’s no home for nature, then there’s no nature; it really isthat serious.”

The aim is to create one million new homes for bugs, beetles andbirds. Here are five top tips from RSPB spokesman Tim Webb;

1) Nettles and Nectar

Great for a whole variety of wildlife, nectar will attract pollinatorsand the nettles will support other creatures such as birds and hedgehogs.

2) Dead wood

Whether you have a large rotting stump or just a small bucket oflogs on your balcony, deadwood provides a safe haven for it could just be someold logs with a bit of soil in the bottom, this will encourage stag beetles,woodlice and slugs.

3) Wildflowers

Flower-rich meadows declined 97% between 1945and 1990. Planting wildflowers like buttercups and daises is important for beesand pollinators. They need them for energy to get through the day and to feedeverybody else in the hive.

4) Insect habitat

Even unloved insects like earwigs need help. Tying sticks or oldbamboo canes together and hanging them in a bush can help insects to survivethrough winter.

5) Patio potential

You don’t need green space. Filling pots, an old bucket or evensome boots with soil and plants can make a massive difference. Get some stuffout there!

For more information, visit the website www.rspb.org.uk/homes

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