Generation 2050 think it would be a great educational and enriching experience for children if schools, youth groups and nurseries make their outside spaces wildlife friendly and involve the kids in the process. There are many different types of outside space from inner city concrete yards to rolling country estates but everyone can do something to make their space more wildlife friendly. We have provided some suggestions for how you can spruce up your outside space, including some fun activities!
If you can show us you have made an effort to support your local wildlife, you will be eligible for some free wildlife friend stickers for the kids! We would love to see your wildlife gardens either by email, facebook or twitter.
Bird feeders are a great way to encourage wildlife such as birds and squirrels in to your garden. Giving them a helping hand could help them survive the winter when food can be scarce or inaccessible.
You can buy bird feeders very cheaply or make some with your class. Click on the image on the right for a guide to making different types of feeders.
Ponds can support a whole range of wildlife, from aquatic species to small mammals and birds who use the water to drink and bathe in.
Create sloping edges to make your pond accessible
Create a range of depths to support different species
Add Native plants
Pond Dipping is a fantastic
practical way to educate
children about nature.
Click on the Picture for a pond
Water scarcity occurs even in areas where there is plenty of rainfall or freshwater. How water is conserved, used and distributed in communities, and the quality of the water available can determine if there is enough to meet the demands of households, farms, industry and the environment.
Conserving your rainwater in a
Water Butt and using it to top
up your pond or bird bath or
water your wildlife garden
helps to conserve water
This contemporary water butt
also doubles up as a bird bath.
It is important to stock your wildlife garden with suitable plants and flowers to attract a range of insects and birds. Plants are not only a food source but also provide a habitat for many animals to live in.
Insects are important for pollination and provide a food source for bats, hedgehogs and some birds, so it is important to think of them too!
Click on the picture
of the butterfly
for a guide to UK
Log piles are an easy way to create a habitat for insects, which in turn help to support bird and hedgehog populations.
They also provide a place for frogs, insects and hedgehogs to hibernate over winter.
Ask your local tree surgeon to donate some tree cuttings.
Alternatively wood chippings in flower beds also serve this purpose.
Compost bins can be bought relatively cheaply with most councils offering them at a discount rate or you can make one yourself.
Composting is a fantastic way to reduce your landfill waste and it provides a fantastic habitat for creepy crawlies and small mammals who help to compost your waste! When they are finished you are left with a wonderful ethical source of fertilizer for your plants.
Any organic material can be composted and a good mix of high nitrogen materials (greens) and high carbon materials (browns) needs to be achieved.
Kitchen waste (teabags, fruit & veg peelings, egg shells, coffee grounds)
Old plants & flowers
Card, cardboard & shredded newspaper
Hedgehogs need somewhere warm, secure and dry to hibernate and raise their young.
It can be difficult for them to find suitable locations in modern urban environments.
You can help them out by making or buying a hedgehog hotel for you wildlife garden.
Click on the hedgehog for a guide to making a hedgehog hotel.
Providing nestboxes for birds and bats helps to encourage them in to your wildlife garden.
Nestboxes are particuarly helpful to urban wildlife, where suitable trees and nooks are not available.
The size of hole in your nestbox will influence which species of bird nests in it!