From the birds that visit our gardens to the deer we sometimes spot in the woods, there is wonderful wildlife around us everywhere. I want to show you how we can all do our bit to look after the wildlife around us, so here are my top four ways to help look after our animal friends.
1. Recycle, don’t litter
As a recycling superhero, I know just how important it is to make sure things like bottles and drinks cans are recycled properly and not sent to landfill or littered.
When left in the habitats of animals, litter can be mistaken for food or can trap small animals and cause them injury.
So, if you’re out and about and have some rubbish with you, make sure you take it home and recycle where you can or dispose of it in a litter bin. This is a simple step which will help wildlife stay safe and healthy.
2. Build shelter
Building a small birdbox can attract nesting birds to your garden to give their chicks somewhere warm to grow before they are ready to fly. Small mammals like hedgehogs love compost heaps and leaf piles to nest in – just be careful when turning compost or starting bonfires in these heaps. You could even make a bug hotel for all the creepy crawlies!
3. Leave food and water out
Although animals are naturally very good at finding their own food, there’s not much they enjoy more than a meal that’s already been prepared for them, especially true during the colder months.
You could leave nuts or seeds in your garden for birds and squirrels, and if you’re looking to help some of our four-legged friends, like hedgehogs in the warmer months, meaty cat or dog food will do the trick.
4. Plant trees and flowers
By planting a few trees, you’ll be providing nesting spots, shelter and habitats for all sorts of animals. Why not even let a spot of your garden ‘go wild’ and encourage new species to visit by leaving grass uncut or growing a meadow?
Planting flowers is also a great way to look after bees and other insects who love feasting on their tasty golden pollen.
There are lots of ways that we can all look for our environment and the wildlife that lives in it. You can find more ways to protect animals, from building nest boxes to making seed bombs, on the Wildlife Watch website: