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Copyright Glaric Consultancy Ltd. 2016

There are approximately 15 million gardens in the

UK with some estimates putting their collective

area at up to three million acres. Since 1900 Britain

has lost at least 154 species of animal and 109

species of plant.

Much of this is due to the loss of habitat from

housing, industrial developments and changes in

farming practices.

If each of us that have a garden does just one or

two little things to help the remaining wildlife then

it will have a much better chance of surviving.

The UK has lost 90% of its lowland ponds so those

in our gardens have a very important role to play

in preserving the fascinating creatures found in


As a bonus the frogs and toads will eat the slugs

and snails that have been munching their way

through our plants

If you are thinking of planting a tree, firstly make

sure it is the right size for your garden. Secondly

consider choosing a native species.

In a recent study it was found that over 284 species

were associated with the Oak, 15 with the Sycamore

and none with the Plane tree. This diversity is the

keystone to the success of our wildlife garden.

There are a lot of us that only have a back yard or

balcony and feel that there is little that we can do,

but this is not so.

A bird table or a bird bathwill attract lots of different

species who, once they know that food or water is

available will return regularly. Hang up feeders and

fill them with peanuts or specialist bird food.

There are many places to obtain advice on wildlife

gardening, your local library, the web, your local

wildlife club. A good start for birds is the R.S.P.B,

For other wildlife try the Wildlife Trust, www.

Most important of all, relax, do

not get hung up about it, anything you do is a help.

Do something, sit back and enjoy the show.

Making your garden wi ldl ife friendly