Use your gar­den to help wildlife

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

Make the most of your gar­den by help­ing wildlife.

That’s the mes­sage from the RSPB which is urg­ing peo­ple to back its Giv­ing Na­ture a Home cam­paign.

New data re­veals that fewer than 20% of peo­ple in Kent see hedge­hogs in their gar­dens at least once a month, a wor­ry­ing 5% lower than the na­tional av­er­age.

Gar­dens cover an es­ti­mated 10 mil­lion acres in the UK, an area the size of five mil­lion foot­ball pitches, there­fore they have the po­ten­tial to play piv­otal role in ef­forts to re­verse the for­tunes of strug­gling UK wildlife.

So the RSPB is call­ing on peo­ple to get in­volved in the cam­paign this sum­mer by do­ing at least one thing for wildlife in their gar­den or out­door space.

Hedge­hog pop­u­la­tions re­main in a long-term de­cline with the lat­est fig­ures sug­gest­ing that the UK pop­u­la­tion has dipped to un­der one mil­lion.

Daniel Hay­how, RSPB Con­ser­va­tion Sci­en­tist, said: “With the right care and at­ten­tion your gar­den could be­come a home to all kinds of dif­fer­ent species, and you could have a front row seats to some amaz­ing wildlife shows.”

You can cre­ate your own per­sonal plan and give na­ture a home near you at www.rspb. org.uk/plan

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