Eco-Friendly Ideas & Wildlife

  1. A Beginner’s Guide to Composting

    A Beginner’s Guide to Composting

    Why and How to Compost 

    If you haven't got a composter, then act now. If you already have one, then get yourself another. Compost heaps are the heartbeat of your garden and there are ways to get the best from your compost corner. 

    So, don't delay and compost today

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  2. This is Why Your Shed Needs Gutters

    This is Why Your Shed Needs Gutters

    Maths isn’t my strong point. Countdown calculations give me headaches. Carol Vorderman doesn’t. When asked to find ‘x’ in an equation, I invariably point to said letter and say, ‘There it is.’ 7 x 8 always gets me counting on my fingers and if you move a negative number to the other side of the ‘=’ sign when fumbling around with algebra it either becomes a positive or you divide something. Or is it multiply? I struggle. To the nth degree.

    Do sheds need guttering?

    I do, however, understand 6x8 when it comes to a shed (see what I worked up to there - nice!) and just as vital, the importance of guttering.

    Your shed roof is large. It catches a lot of rainwater. I tried to find out how much water actually runs off an average sized shed roof in an average year in an average part of the UK. An average task you would think, but it proved to be a difficult one. I did unearth a formula and you

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  3. Talking amphibians with Frog Life

    Talking amphibians with Frog Life

    Earlier this month we caught up with Silviu from Frog Life to talk about amphibian conservation, habitats, and their Toads on the Road project. Check out the great interview below!

    Our interview with Frog Life

    1. Why should the public be concerned with the conservation of amphibians in the UK?

    Worldwide, amphibians have been declining at an alarming rate, faster than other vertebrate groups such as mammals, bird or reptiles. In the UK there are few species compared to warmer climates but even so, the UK has very important populations at European level for some species such as great crested newts. Also, our recent data shows that once very abundant species such as the common toad have been affected by very serious declines in the past 30 years in the UK.

    2. Where are you most likely to find amphibians in the UK in terms of habitat?

    Typically in wet areas

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  4. Catching up with Wildlife Trusts

    Catching up with Wildlife Trusts
    Featured image credit: Chris Lawrence

    We caught up with Leanne over at Wildlife Trusts earlier this month to take a look at the work they are doing, starting a wildlife garden, and educating children about the importance of wildlife. Check out our interview below.

    Our interview with Wildlife Trusts

    1. How can someone find out if an area is under the management of The Wildlife Trusts?

    The Wildlife Trusts is a federated organisation, which means that there are 47 individual Wildlife Trusts across the UK working to protect wildlife in their area. The best way to enquire about an area is to get in touch with your Wildlife Trust. You can find their contact details here: http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/your-local-trust

    2. What advice would you give to those who want to start a w

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  5. Chatting seasons with Eat Seasonably

    Chatting seasons with Eat Seasonably

    We caught up with the people behind Eat Seasonably, a website that focuses on growing your own or buying food that is in season. We chat about the benefits of this and how eating seasonably can cut the cost of fruit and veg, whilst tasting even more delicious! Check out the interview below.

    Our interview with Eat Seasonably

    1) What are the benefits of seasonal eating and why should people start doing it?

    Any idea when courgettes come into season? How about cucumbers? No? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Research shows that most people aren’t sure when most British fruit and vegetables are in season which is a real shame, as it means they’re missing out on when they’re at their absolute best.

    While it’s easy to enjoy blueberries with your breakfast in winter, being accustomed to buying whatever we want, whenever we

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  6. Chatting all things fungi with The Mushroom Diary

    Chatting all things fungi with The Mushroom Diary

    We caught up with John to talk about our favourite, and underrated, fungal friend – the mushroom! Take a look at our interview below.

    Our interview with The Mushroom Diary

    1. What was the driving force behind your passion for all things mushroom?

    It’s all about the ‘quiet hunt’ – apart from being enjoyable and (I have to confess) addictive, it can be very rewarding and enlightening. It’s not just the enjoyment of foraging for wild food, but also the opportunity to discover species I’ve never found before, followed by the challenge in identifying them.

    2. What type of mushrooms can you find in your own garden?

    Depending on the garden, there are more species than most people realise. It also depends on the time of year and current conditions.

    Hedgerows, trees and grass will produce different varieties, and

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  7. How can gardening help hedgehogs?

    How can gardening help hedgehogs?

    The hedgehog is one of the most familiar of Britain’s wild animals. Known as ‘the gardener’s friend’ for their love of feasting on those pesky worms and slugs, hedgehogs can be spotted roaming our gardens at night but sadly the number of them in the UK is rapidly decreasing. So what’s happening to the hedgehog population?

    Why hedgehogs need help

    Hedgehogs once thrived in the UK – in the 1950’s there were over 30 million of our spikey friends – but now this figure has dropped to less than a million.

    The most significant reason behind the drop in numbers is the result of the loss of their natural habitat in Britain. The increase in population and the need for more housing is a concern. Hedgehogs need somewhere to shelter, hibernate and raise their young and hedges are the perfect place for this. They provide easy access in and out of a garden and, with leaves gathering at the bottom, it makes the perfect and cos

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  8. Attracting birds to your garden this summer

    Attracting birds to your garden this summer

    Birds are undoubtedly the most common visitors to our gardens, bringing with them music, colour, and charisma – there is no wonder that so many of us are encouraging and attracting birds into our gardens. Many of the birds that are visiting our gardens will be making use of the nesting facilities and the feeding opportunities on offer. It has been estimated that 75% of gardens are providing food for wild birds at some point during the year.

    Our gardens are a great place to start when studying birds and their behaviour. As well as being a joy to observe, they are helping out our gardens…

    Why are birds important for our garden?

    “Birds are important because they keep systems in balance: they pollinate plants, disperse seeds, scavenge carcasses and recycle nutrients back into the earth…” —Melanie Driscoll, Director of bird conservation for the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi Flyway

    Welcoming wildlife into your ga

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  9. How Eco-Gardening Works

    How Eco-Gardening Works

    With so much emphasis on environmental issues, now is the perfect time to take control and start making the change towards an environmentally friendly garden. Our gardens are often missed out when we think about becoming environmentally friendly and while many of us are starting to realise the importance of eco-living, making your garden eco-friendly is one huge step towards reducing your carbon footprint.

    What is Eco gardening?

    Eco-friendly gardening is the forward thinking methods which responds to the threats of climate change and focuses on reducing emissions which occur during modern day gardening practices. Eco-friendly gardening also encourages the absorption of carbon dioxide by plants and soils in order to lessen the effects of global warming.

    Whether or not your garden has a productive or purely ascetic purpose there are still small changes which you can make to head towards an eco-friendly garden.

    Why i

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  10. Talking wildlife and wild flowers with Grow Wild

    Talking wildlife and wild flowers with Grow Wild

    Wild flowers are crucial for helping wildlife across the UK survive, so we caught up with the guys over at Grow Wild to find out how much of an impact their work has. Grow Wild is the UK’s biggest wild flower campaign and brings communities together to transform local spaces with native, pollinator-friendly wild flowers and plants. Check out our interview with them below.

    Our interview with Grow Wild

    1. Grow Wild is all about repopulating the UK’s wildflower population, having lost 97% of wild flower meadows since 1930. How much of an impact has this loss had on the UK’s wildlife?

    This has had a negative impact on local wildlife due to loss of habitats. Pollinators in particular are affected due to dwindling numbers of plant varieties.

    2. Wild flowers help wildlife such as butterflies, bees, pol

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