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Top tips for creating garden habitats

We're being told unless more is done to help wildlife in the capital, we'll lose some of our most-loved species. We're being encouraged to start a revolution at home, protecting the habitats of those at risk, and nurturing them back to healthy numbers. With fewer green spaces, your garden is the perfect place to start creating more homes for our animals. Here are a few simple things you can do to help the animal "housing crisis." This advice is from the RSPB.

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  • PLANT A WILD FLOWER MEADOW

Of the 97 food plants that we know bumblebees prefer, 76 per cent have declined over the past 80 years. Because of trends like this, many of our pollinating insects are in decline. You can help change this by planting a variety of native flowers. They'll look great and you'll be giving bees and other bugs a big helping hand.

  • BUILD A LONELY BEE A HOME

Destruction of their habitat means that solitary bees are declining.The good news is that it's easy to help them! Around half of solitary bees live in urban areas, so by simply putting up a bee box you'll be helping out these declining bugs. Plus it'll give you the chance to watch them close-up! They're harmless and have fascinating behaviour.

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  • DIG A POND
Toads are under threat and need more wet spaces Credit: Jim Foster/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  • CREATE A LAWN FOR WILDLIFE

In many towns and cities, grass has been replaced by concrete. It's low-maintenance, but when it rains, water runs straight into the gutter where it can overload our waterways.Lawns are great places for birds like starlings, robins and blackbirds to forage for food. Flowers among the grass attract butterflies and bees. And in summer, the feel of grass under your bare feet is fabulous!

  • CREATE A LOG PILE FOR BUGS
Caterpillars Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  • CREATE LITTLE GREEN PATCHES

Our bugs, bees, butterflies and moths need more help than ever.But even if you don't have a garden, you can still do your bit! There are lots of plants which will grow very happily in containers on balconies or patios, or in window boxes.Pick the right plants and you'll give the insects which pollinate our flowers and crops a big helping hand. They'll look fabulous, too!

  • INVEST IN A TREE OR SHRUB

Investing in a tree or shrub is one of the easiest things you can do for nature - they're mini-habitats for loads of creatures.

Birds, mammals and bugs all use them as a safe home where they can feed and raise a family.

Nature loves them, and they provide a shady corner on those hot summer days. What's not to love?

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