Helping Wildlife

rspb-kid-bottleJust like people, plants and animals need the right places to live.

Sadly, in some areas there are fewer wild places for wild plants and animals than there used to be.

This category has eight activities that you could do to help; practical activities that will create new places for wildlife. It’s a chance to make a difference and do something positive for wildlife.

rspb-bugWhen you have finished your task, don’t forget to keep your eyes open for the wildlife moving in.

Would you like to find out all the activities you could do and take part in the awards? Then just click on one of the activities below!

Where Minibeasts Live

By encouraging minibeasts into your garden, you also encourage the birds and mammals that eat them creating your very own wildlife food chain.

There are several ways by which you can help make your garden a great place for minibeasts. Read about them in this section!

Creating a Pond

Making a pond is one of the best things you can do to encourage wildlife. You will be providing a home for frogs, toads, dragonflies, pondskaters, diving beetles, to name but a few. Birds also benefit from somewhere to drink and bathe.

Nestboxes for birds

In many parks and gardens there are simply not enough natural places, like holes in trees, for birds to nest. You can help by providing them with a nestbox. You don’t need to buy one. You can make one with easy-to-find materials.

Feeding Birds

This helps them survive, especially during cold winters or in early spring when there’s not much natural food around. It also encourages birds into your garden where you can see them.

Bat Boxes

Putting up a box for bats to shelter in. Bats need somewhere to hibernate in winter, and to have their babies in, and roost, in summer. There are not enough natural roost sites for bats. Dead trees with suitable holes tend to be chopped down. You can help by putting up a bat box. You don’t need to buy one – you can make one.

Helping a hedgehog

Before you do this activity, it is worth seeing if you have any hedgehogs around. Look out for them at dusk. During the day you can see if there is evidence of hedgehogs having visited by looking for their poo, which is usually black and full of shiny beetle wing cases. Just look though – don’t touch!

Planting trees

Planting trees (and shrubs) help provide food and shelter for birds and other wildlife.

Wildlife Garden

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!