What can I do to help wildlife during droughts?
PROVIDE A BOWL OF WATER
for birds and mammals to drink and bathe. It should be shallow or, if it’s a large bowl, arrange stepping stones so small animals can get out.
CREATE A WILDLIFE POND
Even the tiniest pool has enormous value, but a deeper area (with stepping stones so small animals don’t drown) is less likely to dry out.
PLANT NECTAR-RICH FLOWERS
to compensate for the lack of wildflowers in droughts. Top up from rainwater butts or use ‘grey’ water from baths or washing-up.
MAKE YOUR GARDEN DROUGHT-RESILIENT
by adopting plants, techniques and features that save and store water. Download a Rain Gardening Guide at www.wwt.org.uk.