There is plenty of information that we all can get hold of about how to help British wildlife. Most of it concerns not tidying up the garden, not using too many pesticides and adding nesting boxes to your trees. Well placed water features are great for wildlife too. However there is much more that can be done although a lot of it requires other people (experts) to get involved.
There are lots of small charities dedicated to looking after specific bits of our local ecosystems. Sometimes the best way to help your local environment is to volunteer to help these charities in their work. It is up to you whether that means writing letters, raising money or assisting in the physical side of things. Whatever you do decide, be assured that every little bit really does help.
The RSPB is one of the U.K.’s most respected nature charities, looking after the welfare of native and migrant birds.
The British Hedgehog Preservation Society
In 2017 we are facing a real threat to our native hedgehogs. The population has crashed and is now a tiny proportion of its former amount. Loss of habitat is the main suspect that this year with a dry spring home owners are being asked to ensure there is water available for young hedgehogs Who suffered terribly from dehydration when the weather is dry for sustained periods.
The Woodland Trust is a charity devoted to securing the future of trees in the U.K.
Kids can really quickly learn to love gardening when young. Many will fall out of love in their teens but come back to it with renewed enthusiasm later. If they already had a grounding in gardening as a child they will remember much of what they learned.
Start them young with ultra fast indoor, windowstill crops such as cress seed on wet tissue. Sow the seeds on Monday and you kids can watch thyem germinate and grow, understand the way roots develop and have a tasty egg and cress sandwhich for lunch by friday.
Give the kids a patch of earth to play with. Let a part of the garden be ‘theirs’. Ownership of grownup areas is a huge motivator.
Give them strawberries to plant. Strawberries are hardy, last years and when looked after produce bumper crops. A great lesson in the relationship between effort and success.
Plant heather and other bee friendly species. Kids should learn as early as possible about the importance of the bees. They provide about 1/3 of the food we eat.
If you have apple trees, ‘give’ a tree to a child. My dad gave me a tree for my 5th birthday. All the apples that fell from it were mine. It was a wonderful gift that I treasured more than my bicycle, computer and all my toys (except teddy who was still my favourite). In the winter dad showed me how to prune the tree and I am still pruning apple trees to his method 35 years later.
Give them seeds and let them compete to grow the tallest sunflower. There is something magical about a 3 foot tall kid growing a 12 foot sunflower.
The following veg are fun becuse the look impressive or taste great: