Our wild plants are under threat ... do your bit by planting some native plants.
MAKE A HOTEL
Using sticks and tying them in a bundle with string makes a cheap and effective insect habitat.
TIN CAN ALLEY
A tin can filled with soil and fixed to a balcony or wall makes a perfect mini-planter.
GROW A MEADOW
Designate an area of your garden as a wildlife haven and grow a meadow.
Protect street trees. Trees absorb pollution and are invaluable as wildlife homes and for food.
PLANT A HEDGE
Hedges are living fences providing a home and food for plants, insects, birds and mammals. A mixed species hedge is best.
Don't have a garden! Nearly all plants (and even ponds) are suited to container growing. Great for wildlife!
Trees are good for you, the climate and wildlife.
It can take 1000 years to produce 2.5 cm of soil. Soil is life. So don't leave it exposed. Protect it with bark, straw or leaves.
Don't be tempted to pave over your front garden. Research shows even tiny gardens house over 700 species of insect.
Well, not too often. Too much digging has a negative impact on soil health.
FOR PEATS' SAKE
Don't use peat compost. It can take up to 10,000 years to form a layer of peat. Over 80% of UK peat bogs have been damaged or destroyed.
Climbing plants like ivy provide great nesting space for birds and food for insects.
Old welly boots or shoes filled with soil also make effective and quirky planters.
MAKE A POND
It need only be tiny to be super effective for wildlife.