We have a great deal to thank the RSPB for in terms of the UK’s existence of wildlife. Their tireless endeavours in order to protect and preserve the great varieties of superb species currently going through a hard time as they continue to try and thrive within Britain.
And we’re happy to see that there’s a new campaign from the RSPB, the “Giving Nature a Home” promotion. This project has been rolled out to encourage and motivate people up and down the UK to make their gardens more appealing to wildlife, in turn forming a microhabitat for a variety of wildlife who will most certainly pay a visit given the chance.
Over the years we have seen a significant amount of emphasis being placed on protecting birds alone, when it was perhaps the case that the efforts should have been shared out a tad more given that other animals such as the hedgehog are struggling to survive.
Visitors encounter a huge array of outstanding wildlife while enjoying luxury camping in Wales, and the general questions are then asked once people see these amazing little creatures out and about; how can we help? The RSPB has just the thing for you! The website has a page where you can apply for your very own pack to help give nature a home.
We have a few ideas and pointers available here for you to get you started:
Feeders aren’t just for the birds. They can be used to lure other little animals into the garden. Topping them up with live foods, for example, meal and wax-worms can certainly entice creatures like the hedgehog to seek refuge in the garden. These foods offer a decent source of protein, as well as being a good food source for parent birds hunting for their young.
Water is equally as essential for wildlife as it is for us humans, so making sure that water is available is key to creating any garden microenvironment. It is comprehensible that having a pond may be out of the question for many people, but placing a birdbath or a dish in the garden or yard where animals can drink from and bathe in is doable for most. Having moist patches around the garden will attract amphibians such as frogs as well. If they become attracted, then they will show you their gratitude by devouring pests who could be harmful to your garden.
There are regular bird boxes of which appeal to birds such as the blue tit, but they have recently been joined by boxes made specifically for other birds such as owls, swallows, woodpeckers, and kestrels. Also, there are now lots of bat boxes available, offering a roost for these amazing protected animals.
Insect hotels are a fantastic addition to any garden. They act as a nesting site for pest-controllers and pollinators, as well as a retreat for them to escape from predators. An insect hotel is particularly attractive to the ladybird, who uses it to hibernate during winter. There is also a chance of having a small colony of mason bees forming in the hotel, which is great news, as bees are the finest pollinating species there is!
Filling your garden with native wild flowers will fill your garden with flashes of colour. This will not only make your garden look attractive, but will also attract insects searching for pollen. This will therefore encourage insects to head back to your garden to gather their pollen, which they will then take forward to pollinate elsewhere.