Despite their spiky exterior (around 5,000 spines!), hedgehogs are one of the UK’s most popular native species. But our nation's hedgehogs are under threat, and numbers are rapidly declining, with only 1 in 5 people having seen one in their garden.
Bees have been suffering a serious decline over the last century, largely due to the loss of around 97% of our flower-rich meadows. They're hugely important pollinators, not just for our gardens, but for our food crops too. The good news is that YOU can help them and other pollinators by doing a few simple things.
Leaves are bursting forth from sleeping trees, and woodland plants are rushing to flower before the canopy closes in - so now's a great time to go for a stroll, enjoy the spring sunshine and wake up that woolly winter head.
A thrush took off from my allotment as I approached with my squeaky wheelbarrow and there, in a flash of brown, was a prime example as to the reason why I garden in a wildlife-friendly way.
Only a few moments before the same thrush would have been busy cracking open snail shells to get at the soft bodies of molluscs that like nothing more than to munch through my tender seedlings later in the spring. I’m hoping this winged snail slayer will return when I’m not around to sort out a few more.
It’s the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas and we hope you’ve had a lovely festive break and have enjoyed reading our blogs. You’ve helped wildlife and the environment and hopefully have had fun too!