Directors Anna and Emily from Project Maya Seedball
Eco-scientists and co-founders of Project Maya, Dr Anna Evely and Dr Emily Lambert have given their full support to the 'Make Wildlife Welcome' campaign.
Their non-profit community interest company supplies wildflower seedballs, which provide a really easy way to do something to encourage bees and butterflies into all gardens; big or small.
What kind of wildlife have you spotted in your garden?
Emily: I have lots of massive spiders at the moment on my balcony, I'm not sure I ever remember seeing such big ones! Another new wildlife spot this summer was a wonderful amount of bees attracted to our laburnum tree at Seedball HQ.
Gardening is good for wildlife, but why do you think it is important for people?
Anna: Gardening has a significant impact on people's happiness. That's why gardeners are often reported to be the happiest of all professionals! There is something so healing about being outside with nature, especially when you're playing a part in making a tiny bit of the earth that bit more beautiful and helping wildlife too.
The Dorset Wildlife Trust campaign, Make Wildlife Welcome is all about doing something extra for wildlife, with whatever outside space is available to you. What is the most unlikely place you have used to benefit wildlife?
Emily: A tin can! We made a tin-can-planter from a used tin of beans, and each spring we add a different annual wildflower seed ball. It lives on a window-sill near the front door, and never fails to make us feel jolly whenever we see it.
The 2013 State of Nature Report states that 60% of UK species are in decline. We're suggesting that the 15 million gardens in the UK can help tip the balance if we use them wisely. But this is a huge challenge. How can one person with a small garden really believe that they can do something to help?
Emily: The area covered by the UK's gardens is greater than all of our national nature reserves combined. So, that's a really big area (270,000 hectares of big)! If every one of our gardens were managed with wildlife in mind, together we could have a HUGE impact on biodiversity.
What's the best and most useful wildlife gardening tip you have?
Anna: Don't overlook any space, and work the space you have to its full potential! If you only have space for a window box you can still be an excellent wildlife gardener! Fill that window box with wildflowers, a window box even has space for a mini pond (perfect for bees) and a bug bungalow. Every tiny bit you do can make a massive difference to wildlife.
Why should people join the campaign to Make Wildlife Welcome?
Anna: The State of Nature Report clearly shows that nature is in crisis. If we don't act now many of our most cherished back garden friends, such as the hedgehog, may disappear forever. The good news is that if we all pledge to do something to make wildlife welcome this year, gardeners truly can (and will!) make a difference.
Would you like to become one of our Make Wildlife Welcome heroes and join us to help garden wildlife?
We'd love you to be part of our campaign to make wildlife welcome in garden's throughout Dorset. There's a special pack of goodies for non-members (and a members only starter pack) plus we'll be providing tips to help you realise your wildlife gardening dreams. Find out more here