Make Wildlife Welcome In Your Garden This Winter
7:10am 2nd September 2014
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has launched a new campaign, 'Make Wildlife Welcome', to encourage us to give garden wildlife struggling to survive a helping hand this autumn and winter.
The State of Nature report in 2013 revealed that 60% of the UK species studied have been declining in recent years, however many of these species are known to live in our gardens, such as starlings and hedgehogs.
DWT's new campaign is aimed at anyone with a garden, and even those without a garden, to spread the word that we can all do something - no matter how small, to give our precious wildlife a fighting chance this year.
Anyone who makes a pledge to Make Wildlife Welcome in their garden will receive a free book 'Bringing a garden to life'. They will also receive wildflower seeds, free literature and downloads, and expert advice and information from Dorset Wildlife Trust - 365 days a year.
DWT's Community Conservation Officer, and Wildlife Gardening Coordinator, Joy Wallis said; "Many people think that gardening is only a spring or summer activity, but there's lots you can be doing to help garden wildlife throughout the colder months. For example, if it is very cold, a hedgehog could wake from hibernation, and it will need a warm, safe place to stay and high energy food, to ensure its survival. It is surprising just how many wild animals will be 'wintering' in your garden, so please do resist the temptation to be too tidy!"