Gar­dens vi­tal for wildlife

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

DID you know that you can make a dif­fer­ence to the re­gion’s wildlife in your own back gar­den?

If you make your gar­den wildlife friendly and 10 of your neigh­bours do the same, you have made an area where birds and other crea­tures can ‘net­work’.

If lots of peo­ple in other streets do the same then your town or dis­trict be­comes a pretty handy na­ture re­serve, al­low­ing wildlife to move around and meet new friends and, well, I don’t have to spell it out in a fam­ily news­pa­per.

It doesn’t take too much ef­fort to cre­ate flowerbeds, buy a bird-feeder or cre­ate wildlife-friendly log piles.

All these sim­ple touches help to pro­vide places where bees and but­ter­flies can land or where birds can seek food.

I was only speak­ing to a lovely Rochdale woman last week who in­formed me that she is see­ing jays in her gar­den for the first time.

That’s be­cause she has made the ef­fort to make her gar­den wildlife­friendly.

Wildlife net­works are vi­tally im­por­tant and gar­dens are vi­tal parts in the net­work.

A new sur­vey led by Manch­ester Metropoli­tan Univer­sity called My Back Yard is prov­ing the im­por­tance of your own space to wildlife.

Gar­dens make up 20 per cent of Manch­ester’s land and the univer­sity is try­ing to find just how green they are. They are us­ing satel­lite im­ages to col­lect this data but they also want in­for­ma­tion from res­i­dents too. You can see some of the sur­vey re­sults at http:// my­back­ re­sults.php

The project is be­ing led by the univer­sity with the Univer­sity of Le­ices­ter, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with The Mersey For­est, Manch­ester coun­cil, City of Trees, South­way Hous­ing Trust and, of course, our Wildlife Trust. It is funded by the Nat­u­ral En­vi­ron­ment Re­search Coun­cil.

If you com­plete the sur­vey you could win £500 in shop­ping vouch­ers from a prize draw. Log on to­back­ uk. The sur­vey is open un­til the end of De­cem­ber 2016.

To be­come a mem­ber of the Wildlife Trust for Lan­cashire, Manch­ester and North Merseyside go to the web­site at www.lanc­ or call 01772 324129.

A spar­row on a gar­den feeder

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