Nature and wildlife advice from Green Dorset
Many factors including pollution, habitat loss and the effects of climate change are leading to a decline in biodiversity in the UK and around the world.
Our network of great British gardens have the potential to support a thriving wildlife community. Careful shopping choices too can limit the impact on wildlife and habitats.
Quick and free
- take your litter home - don't let it spoil the scenery or harm wildlife
- choose peat-free products - British peat bogs store carbon, prevent flooding and are home to important plants and wildlife, including the insect-eating sundew
- protect forests - deforestation is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions and habitat loss. Choose wood, timber and paper products that carry the Forest Stewardship Council mark indicating ensures that forests are responsibly managed
- welcome wildlife - leave a corner of your garden unmown. Long grass and native plants are great for insects and amphibians
Make your garden wildlife-friendly:
- provide food and nesting sites of birds in your garden
- add a log pile. Dead and decaying wood supports a wide range of invertebrates
- create a water feature to attract aquatic insects and amphibians. Alternatively, a marshy area will encourage biodiversity and be safer for children
- contact Dorset Wildlife Trust for more advice on wildlife-friendly gardening
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