RHS urge gardeners to look after biodiversity
Appeared on Space For Nature on 19th January 2004
The Royal Horticultural Society is urging gardeners to take care of biodiversity in their gardens by following some simple principles.
believe that while many gardeners provide nest boxes and food for garden birds, far fewer (around 16%) appreciate the value that their plants have for wildlife during the winter. By considering some simple principles, the RHS believe that gardeners could benefit the wildlife over the winter period.
- Leave seed heads on perennials; not just for birds, but for sheltering invertebrates.
- Provide berry producing shrubs which are of great benefit to birds, mammals and insects in the winter months.
- Leave some dead wood in the garden, e.g. a log pile, as a habitat for fungi and invertebrates.
- Compost garden waste and cuttings and check your heap for animals before disturbing.
- Consider using bat, hedgehog, ladybird, lacewing, solitary bee & wasp 'nests' to aid hibernating and breeding animals.
- Ensure a good supply of fresh water for all animals during the coldest weather.
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