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Gardeners urged to be wildlife-friendly

Simple steps can transform gardens, says RSPB


Householders are being urged to transform their gardens to make them havens for wildlife.

Bird conservation charity the RSPB is hopeful that more than 200,000 people will support its ‘Homes for Wildlife’ initiative.

The scheme will provide homeowners with free wildlife-gardening advice and aims to turn gardens into enticing habitats for the house sparrow, starling and blackbird, as well as butterflies, dragonflies, frogs and bats.

The RSPB says that while more than 60% of people regularly put out food for birds, there are also several other simple activities people can do to benefit wildlife. For example, it says that leaving a small area of long grass will encourage insects and provide food for birds.

Insects and birds

The charity adds that planting a mixture of nectar and seed-rich flowering plants such as sunflowers and alyssum will also provide seeds for birds to feed on as well as attracting insects.

If you have a courtyard garden, putting up a bird table or encouraging climbing plants to grow up your walls will also help.

The RSPB’s Colum Delaney said: ‘You really don’t need to be an expert to take part in Homes for Wildlife and you can do as little or as much as you have time for.

‘Just providing a little food, water and shelter can really help birds and turn your garden into a wildlife haven for you to enjoy.’

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