Na­ture news

YOURS (UK) - - Our Shared Planet -

Pro­vide a safe home for hedge­hogs and in­sects by plac­ing fallen leaves un­der­neath hedges and shrubs to cre­ate leaf piles. Many an­i­mal and in­sect species rely on these as vi­tal sources of food and shel­ter over the win­ter months, es­pe­cially hedge­hogs. And come next spring the in­sects, such as but­ter­fly and moth cater­pil­lars, will pro­vide much-needed food for birds feed­ing their ba­bies. Lat­est re­search has re­vealed that older peo­ple who own pets fall asleep more eas­ily and feel con­sis­tently more pos­i­tive about their lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment than those who don’t have an­i­mals.

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