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Watch out for badger cubs

At this time of the year and although still very young, badger cubs will start to make their first appearances above ground.

Keep an eye out in your garden or whilst out on your daily walk – but remember to keep your distance, as mum won’t be far away foraging for food!

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Make use of your kitchen food waste bin

Your food waste bin can become your compost starter. Food scraps including veg peel, egg shells, greens and even hair, can be put in there to make a base for your larger outside compost mound.

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Create your very own butterfly feeder

You can use almost anything as a platform for your butterfly feeder, from a plastic or paper plate, to an upturned terracotta pot.
Hang them from a tree or place on the floor and fill with nectar, fruit pieces or flowers.

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Sow pumpkin seeds for Halloween

Why not try growing your very own pumpkin for halloween this year?!

Spring is the perfect time of year to sow your pumpkin seeds.Follow the steps below:

  1. Place the seeds on their side, 1cm deep, in a 8cm pot of compost.
  2. Keep the compost well watered and in a sunny spot.
  3. In May, move your seedlings in to a colder spot, ready for moving outside.
  4. After a week, plant your seedlings outside.
  5. Make sure you water regularly. Try cutting the bottom off of a used plastic bottle and place upside down, lid removed, in to the soil next to the plant. This will allow the water to reach the roots.
  6. Feed with natural fertiliser every 10-14 days.
  7. Once your fruit starts to grow, make sure they sit off the ground on a tile or piece of glass.

Wait for the harvest!

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Regularly clean out & move bird feeders

Bird feeders are one of the small ways in which everyone can help their local wildlife. however, its very important to keep them clean to prevent the spread of diseases.

Simply pop on a pair of rubber gloves and give your feeders a scrub using a mild detergent. After rinsing them thoroughly, make sure you let them dry out naturally before refilling and hanging up.

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