Well we were extremely lucky this month to be joined by Janice Bradley MBE, who had a wealth of knowledge to share with us about wild life in our gardens. This knowledge was clearly applicable to our local area, as Janice works for Nottingham Wildlife Trust, but to take this one step further, Janice also lives in the village, so she could add extra insight to our local area.
We all as gardeners, have a responsibility to understand and ensure that wildlife thrives, especially living in the countryside, and quite frankly, we are becoming more and more aware of this. Whether this is to do with the escalating problems wildlife faces, or simply because of the ease of access to media, we still all need to do our part, even if this is not actively but simply by proxy.
If we could all share (and I know some do) Janice’s passion and drive for protecting and enhancing wildlife, I’m sure the world we live in would be a better place. But in the meantime, here are our top ten tips from Janice’s talk to get you started.
- Increasing wildlife locally helps with wider conservation
- Pollinaters (Bees, butterflies, etc) are in decline
- Hawthorne and Blackthorne make brilliant hedges for wildlife
- When planting, think about the location of the sun for wildlife
- Native species are often better for Wildlife
- Anything with berries, some wildlife will enjoy
- Guelder-rose flourishes in Cropwell Bishop
- For planting a meadow, infertile soil is the best
- Pop in a Bat Box, they eat 3000 midges a night
- If you want more frogs, leave fish out your pond
Again, lots of information there from Janice, but if you want more check out the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Website.