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Gardening for Wildlife

Gardening for Wildlife

The value of garden habitat for wildlife

Over the past 50 years, the landscape around us has changed dramatically. Towns and cities have become larger and the countryside has become more intensively managed leading to the loss of valuable wildlife habitat. With natural habitats such as wildflower meadows and ancient woodlands disappearing at an alarming rate, habitats in our back gardens are quickly becoming important havens for a wide range of birds, mammals, amphibians and invertebrates. Private gardens are amongst the most valuable urban habitats and it is estimated that the 15 million gardens in the UK cover a greater area than all of the designated National Nature Reserves put together.

Tip of the month:

When conditioning your soil with compost, make sure to use peat-free products. Gardening with peat may enhance your soil but to the detriment of fragile habitats and wildlife in Britain and beyond. Better still, starting up your own compost heap is a great way to add nutrients to the soil. It adds those much needed minerals your plants need in a healthy, organic way, all the while reducing the amount of household waste going to landfills!

Visit our Wild About Gardens website for a whole host of advice about Wildlife Gardening!

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