Above: Kingcombe Wildlife Garden © Sally Welbourn
Below: The Wildlife Gardener book by Kate Bradbury & Hedgehog © Steve Davis
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has launched the new campaign, ‘Make Wildlife Welcome’, to encourage local people to give garden wildlife struggling to survive a helping hand this autumn and winter.
The State of Nature report in 2013 revealed that 60% of the UK species studied have been declining in recent years, however many of these species are known to live in our gardens, such as starlings and hedgehogs.
DWT’s new campaign is aimed at anyone with a garden, and even those without a garden, to spread the word that everyone can do something no matter how small, to give our precious wildlife a fighting chance this year.
Anyone who makes a pledge to Make Wildlife Welcome in their garden will receive a free and informative book called The Wildlife Gardener by Kate Bradbury. They will also receive wildflower seeds, free literature and downloads, and expert advice and information from Dorset Wildlife Trust 365 days a year.
Find out what you can do to help wildlife
DWT’s Community Conservation Officer, and Wildlife Gardening Coordinator, Joy Wallis said; “Many people think that gardening is only a spring or summer activity, but there’s lots you can be doing to help garden wildlife throughout the colder months. For example, if it is very cold, a hedgehog could wake from hibernation, and it will need a warm, safe place to stay and high energy food, to ensure its survival. It is surprising just how many wild animals will be ‘wintering’ in your garden, so please do resist the temptation to be too tidy!”
Anyone who supports this campaign will find out about the practical things that can be done from DWT, including ensuring there is always some unfrozen water, leaving food out at ground level for passing birds and creating areas of shelter for wildlife in your garden.
Joy added: “We find that people who spend time in their garden feel good about making a difference for wildlife, and also see benefits to their mental and physical health. It’s a great way to keep active all year round!”
Take the Pledge... Make Wildlife Welcome!
If you would like to make a pledge to help wildlife for just £3 a month, we have everything you need to get started, or help support an established wildlife friendly garden. Make your pledge to help wildlife.
Keep up with stories, tips and information on Twitter @DorsetWildlife #makewildlifewelcome.
Notes to Editor
Pledge to make wildlife welcome in your garden by donating just £3 a month to support the conservation work of Dorset Wildlife Trust and we'll send you our special wildlife gardening starter pack, including:
- A FREE copy of The Wildlife Gardener by Kate Bradbury
- Two packets of wildflower seeds great for bees and butterflies
- A specially themed 'Wildlife welcome' window sticker to show your neighbours that you've taken the pledge to make wildlife welcome in your garden
- Six of our very own wildlife gardening leaflets, including information on alternatives to pesticides and pellets, how to create ponds and your very own miniature wildflower meadows
- Instant access to our free winter wildlife gardening downloads - perfect for the upcoming months
- You will also receive full membership of Dorset Wildlife Trust, which includes a subscription to Dorset Wildlife magazine, a guide to all 42 nature reserves, local events guide and car sticker to show your support!
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.