Native species are declining in the UK because their natural habitat is being lost to busy roads, construction sites and farmland. Creating a wildlife friendly space in your garden offers native wildlife refuge and connects you to nature.
Choose plants that attract birds and insects. Add a pond to your garden, or a birdbath on your patio, to attract birds. Connecting your outdoor space with other gardens creates 'wildlife corridors' that help animals move safely between natural habitats.
Timber from well-managed forests will have the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) labels. These certificates help you find timber that isn't contributing to the destruction of the world's forests.
Peat has traditionally been dug up and used as fertiliser, but the destruction of thousand year old peat bogs, is threatening special wildlife habitats and releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Peat bogs act as a great store of CO2, so it's best to leave them untouched.
B&Q is proud to be a member of the British Beekeepers Association and is keen to support declining honey bees.
Apple tree blossom provides both nectar and pollen for bees in your garden – choose a dwarf variety if space is at a premium. You'll also be able to enjoy the apples later in the year.
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a leading conservation organisation saving wetlands for wildlife and people across the world. www.wwt.org.uk
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