Our wild isles are home to some unique and truly special habitats and wildlife. But our nature is in crisis, and we must all play our part to bring it back from the brink.
We have the power to make a real difference, but we’re running out of time. We must take action, right now. In every moment of every day, there are choices we can make – from how we shop and what we eat to where we invest our money and how we speak up for nature – so both people and nature can thrive.
Here are ways you can take action from your own home today…
Whatever your outdoor space, be it a balcony or courtyard, garden or window box, use these expert tips and tricks to make it a happier place for you, and the nature on your doorstep.
1. If you have grass, set aside areas of longer grass and temporary no-mow areas. This gives an opportunity for a wider variety of plants, like wildflowers to grow, attracting a range of insects, such as crickets, grasshoppers and butterflies, and giving them a home. And if you don't have grass, could you convert any gravel or paving? Even potted plants will make a difference!
3. Cut out the chemical herbicides and pesticides. It might be a wrench at first, but if you want a wide variety of wildlife it’s a must.
4. Connect – can you make corridors for wildlife by enabling connections within your outdoor space with others? You can maximise the impact of what you do by sharing what you’ve been up to with neighbours by creating opportunities for wildlife to move between spaces. If you are limited on space, how about making use of fences or brick walls to give nature a home?
5. Go Peat free with your compost when planting. Peatlands store carbon (good for helping slow climate change) and are wildlife hotspots – don’t destroy nature havens elsewhere to create yours!
For more ways to make it easier for wildlife to thrive alongside us, get involved with RSPB's Nature on Your Doorstep activities.
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Unsure of where to start? Discover your environmental impact using WWF's carbon footprint calculator, and learn more about the small steps that you can take to become more climate and nature friendly.
We have the power to build a better world by making small changes in our everyday lives. But we can't do it alone. Government and councils must act urgently to protect our life support system, and businesses must put nature at the heart of every boardroom decision.
The nature and climate crisis can be overwhelming, but by taking small actions as individuals, we can achieve big changes and show governments and businesses what kind of action is needed. There are lots of ways to make a difference and the National Trust has provided a few ideas to get you started.
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