Birds and Gardens

Firstly, a reminder that this weekend is when your help is needed in monitoring garden birds by participating in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. This only takes an hour of your time and is a great activity for all the family. See the RSPB website for more info.
With gardens still in mind, the Wildlife Trusts and the RHS have launched a Wildlife Gardening competition which aims to expand the UK’s wildlife-friendly garden habitat. More details at http://www.bigwildlifegarden.org.uk. I have worked with Kent Wildlife Trust for some years now as a volunteer assessor in their Gardening for Wildlife scheme and have found it really heartening to witness the impact even a tiny residential garden can have on the local environment when managed sympathetically for wildlife. The more gardens we can manage this way, the more corridors we can create to link up with other green areas such as woodland and nature reserves. Lots of wildlife gardening ideas can be found on http://www.wildlifetrusts.org. Good gardening!

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