A complete makeover of part of a garden, or other outdoor space, so that it is of maximum benefit to wildlife. This is a big project, incorporating several, perhaps all, of the previous activities in this section. It needs careful planning, and as much help as you can get!
- Find a suitable site. If your own garden isn’t suitable, then what about part of the school grounds? Alternatively, ask around to see if any of your friends or neighbours would allow you to work on part of their garden. always make sure you have permission and that your parents or guardians know where you are.
- Make a map of the area, marking on it all the features that are already there such as grass/lawn, trees, walls, fences, paths and paved areas.
- Think how every part of your area could be improved for wildlife.
- Plants with interesting seedheads, e.g. teasels, thistles, burdock, sunflowers, are good for goldfinches, earwigs, and lots of other insects
- A hedge, such as blackthorn, hawthorn, dogwood, guelder rose, hazel and spindle, dog rose and honeysuckle, are good for blackbirds and robins to nest in, hedgehogs
- You could sow a meadow with grasses and flowers such as buttercups, scabious, knapweed. These are good for butterflies, grasshoppers, crickets.
- Make a compost heap.
- If you haven’t space for a pond, then at least provide some water for birds to drink from and bathe in. You could sink a barrel into the ground, or use a dustbin lid, plant pot saucer, lid, or similar shallow container.