If you're lucky enough to have a garden, or even a small outdoor space, it's likely you'll be spending as much time in it as possible during these challenging times.
Incorporating some wildlife-friendly features in your garden can help boost biodiversity. British wildlife needs help – and we can play a key role.
The State of Nature 2019 report examined how 7000 UK species have fared, looking back at nearly 50 years of monitoring – and, sadly, the news isn't great.
According to the report, 41% of species in the UK, including animals, birds and butterflies, have declined since 1970. Numbers of butterflies and moths have dropped significantly, and the UK's mammals have fared particularly badly, with more than 26% of species at risk of disappearing altogether.
Climate change is cited as one of the major causes for this decline, along with habitat loss and pollution.
There is hope though, as many initiatives and organisations are working hard to halt the decline – and you can help too, by providing the food and shelter that wildlife so desperately need. And encouraging more wildlife into your outdoor space can really improve your own mental health and wellbeing too.
So, if you want to help nature in your garden or outdoor space this year, here are a few key areas to consider. With many garden centres and nurseries now offering home delivery, it is possible to get the materials you need for new wildlife gardening projects. But many of these ideas can be put into practice by using things you might have lying around – or by simply doing nothing at all!
Insect populations have taken a real battering in recent years, and bees, butterflies and other pollinators really need our help.