Gardeners ‘should welcome wildlife’

Seeing animals enjoying their outdoor spaces is often a source of great joy and pride for gardeners – and there are different ways people can attract wildlife to their land.

Nest boxes can be great for bringing in birds, while using cultivators and tillers to plant nectar-rich flowers is likely to attract bees.

The RSPB has claimed more than 100 million new homes are required for popular garden animals such as hedgehogs, butterflies and ladybirds – and has called on gardeners to welcome wildlife to their lawns.

Mike Clarke, chief executive of the RSPB, said: "It doesn't matter what sort of garden you have … we need everyone to help by turning their outside space into a wildlife haven." 

He explained the group wants as many people as possible to get involved in the Giving Nature a Home campaign, as an increasing number of familiar garden species are seeing their numbers dwindle.  

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