Brave the Bad Weather if You’re Able

With Storms Ciara and Dennis battering most of the UK recently, many people have been staying inside to avoid the bad weather. But people often fail to remember that our wildlife is also suffering at times like this. You may argue that ‘they’re animals, they’re used to it’ but the truth is, wild animals natural habits have been so affected by human interference, that they often now heavily rely on human actions in order to survive. When people decide to stay inside an avoid the outside world, the actions they normally take that many creatures rely on are no longer carried out.

Ducks and swans at ponds aren’t fed by eager school children. Dens and burrows are flooded by excessive rain. Bird feeders and water bowls are left empty and uncleaned. Plants that insects rely on to survive are unprotected and can be destroyed. While many of these things can’t be helped because we simply can’t stop bad weather from happening, there are certainly things we can do to help.

If you have a local pond or lake that you know is normally visited regularly, but will remain empty when it’s raining, try being the one person that braves the storm and feeds them regardless. Don your warmest raincoat, put on your wellies, fill up a bag with nutritional goodies (not bread…) and head along to your local wild water source to feed the animals that reside there. The same goes for feeding wild birds. If you normally have a feeder that goes empty when the weather’s bad, brave the bad weather for a minute or two and refill your feeders to help out the local wildlife. Animals need the energy they get from food in order to make it through tough times, especially when it’s cold and wet.

Stay safe during this stormy weather, but be sure to think of nature too. If it’s easy and safe enough for you to make it outside, please consider the animals that will suffer during this weather too.

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Buy local produce!

When you shop at your local supermarket, many of the food items you buy will have travelled over 1,500 miles to get there!

However, if you buy locally-grown food, you are cutting down on these miles, which, in turn, reduces the carbon footprint and helps your local community. Not only is that better for the environment, the food is also fresher and packed with more nutrients. Most of the time, you can even buy it directly from the growers themselves!

So, why not help reduce your food’s carbon footprint, and head to your local farmer’s market next time you need a shop?

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I saved toilet roll inners for planting seeds

To save on buying plastic pots I saved up all our toilet roll inners to use to start my vegetable seedlings this year!  I got my family to save theirs too and I will repay them with vegetables later in the year.

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Come to The Wildlife Aid Foundation’s Open day!

With fun-filled activities for kids and adults, alike, Wildlife Aid’s Open Day is the only day of the year when the public is invited to explore the centre! 

From food stands to face painting, plant sales to activities and games, you are guaranteed to have a great day out and help save our British wildlife at the same time! 

Head over to the website to check the date for this year’s event:  

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Make or buy a bird table for your garden

With a little adult supervision, making a bird table for your garden can be a fun, creative activity. 

Whether you buy or make your bird table, you will be giving a helping hand to your local birds. In the cold days of winter, food may be scarce and hard to find, so pop a mix of seeds and mealworms out for any struggling birds. The hot summer days can also be difficult for our feathered friends, with water levels low. By placing a small, shallow dish of water on your bird table, you will give them a safe place to rehydrate! 

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