Go wild about gardens
Andrew Davis of The Wildlife Trusts, commented: 'The Wild About Gardens partnership will help the battle for the preservation of several species, including the stag beetle, song thrush, hedgehog and bumblebee. The UK's gardens provide more green spaces than all the designated National Nature Reserves combined. This huge area can help wildlife thrive, at a time of habitat loss and climate change.'
Simon Thornton-Wood, of the Royal Horticultural Society, said: 'Gardening for wildlife has gained popularity over the past few years and is no longer seen as meaning a messy and unkempt garden. Wild About Gardens is about giving people the advice and inspiration they need to make the most of their potential garden nature reserves.'
Anne MacCaig of Ribena added: 'Wild About Gardens is bringing together the worlds of gardening and nature conservation for the benefit of people and wildlife. We hope that the collaboration between Ribena, The Wildlife Trusts and The Royal Horticultural Society will help people to understand and encourage local wildlife and in their own gardens.'
'We are very excited about being involved in Wild About Gardens. Our Ribena blackcurrant growers have a unique partnership with The Wildlife Trusts, having implemented tailored conservation plans across all their farms. Measures taken include the erection of bird and bat boxes and the creation of rough grass margins around fields and ponds to make sure that native British wildlife continues to thrive for years to come. These plans have proved so successful to date that we want to share our experiences in a bid to help encourage others to take action to benefit the wildlife in their gardens.'
To find out more hints and tips from the experts on how to make your garden more wildlife friendly visit www.wildaboutgardens.org.
10 tips for a better wildlife garden.
Love your lawns - but find romance in the rough Rough grass margins have been successfully established on Ribena blackcurrant farms across the UK, helping local wildlife to flourish. If you have an area of lawn that is difficult to cut, leave it to grow throughout the summer and cut it at the end of the season. This will provide an excellent habitat for many insects, particularly moths, grasshoppers and beetles, and newly-emerged frogs.