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Get to know our British wildlife

Many of us have no idea of the wildlife that live alongside us, here in the UK. We have an abundance of mammals, insect and birds that call this place home.

Did you know that there are a staggering 27,000 different species of insect in the UK! Want to learn more?

Why not download our mammal quiz, along with many others from our FREE resources page – here!

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Take a bag on your daily exercise

When out doing your daily exercise, be sure to take a bag along with you incase you find any litter. 

2,120,000,000 tons of waste is dumped globally, every year. 
Luckily green companies are working hard to become waste free! 

We all need to play our part, and litter picking is just one small action to help towards saving our planet. 

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Create a safe watering spot for insects

Insects get thirsty too, and here’s a great idea as to how you can help!

  • Grab a shallow dish – this can be anything from a bowl in your kitchen, to a plastic pot headed for the recycling. A clean, empty mushroom tub or sausage tray would work perfectly.
  • Fill with different sized marbles or similar sized stones – this creates a platform for the insects to sit on whilst drinking.
  • Find a level spot to place your drinking station
  • Finally – Fill it two thirds of they way with fresh tap water.

Step back and watch to see which insects visit!

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Stop using rat poison! Click here for humaine ways to deter rodents.

Rat poison not only causes rodents to die, an unnecessary slow and painful death, but the animals that scavenge on the deceased carcass, also feel the affects of the poison. Animals such as foxes, badgers and owls, among others, are also killed. It’s a cycle that will continue until all sources of rat poisons in the environment are gone.

How to deter rodents – RSPCA:
An important first step is limiting available food outside – including rodent-proof food containers and bins, decluttering and keeping storage areas tidy. Planting natural rodent repellents such as hyacinths, alliums and daffodils. Rodents are also neophobic so moving around objects such as garden furniture will also deter them.

It may also be important to consider that leftover bird food or food put in compost heaps, whilst great for some wildlife, may also attract rats, so, if problems arise, try removing food sources in your garden temporarily, along with cutting back vegetation acting as cover. The same applies to inside buildings – ensuring food is secured away, crumbs tidied and holes are blocked using sealant or mouse mesh, are essential measures. Repellents such as cotton wool balls soaked in peppermint, eucalyptus or spearmint oil can also be effective.

Find out more here!

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Avoid cutting back hedges and trees in your garden

In the UK, its an illegal offence to disturb a nesting site, so, from March through to the end of July, make sure you hold off on trimming back your garden foliage. Birds will be nesting and hedges not only provide the perfect protection from predators, they also provide vital food sources.

At Wildlife Aid, this is what we call our ‘orphan season’ – the busiest time of the year, where incubators and enclosures quickly fill with young birds and other orphans, having been injured or removed from their nests.

Please make sure you check your garden and trees thoroughly for wildlife, all year round. You never know what could be living there.

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