How to get involved with wildlife in your home, garden or where you work

Get yourself and others involved with wildlife by following these easy simple steps to help wildlife flourish in your home, garden and work place.

  1. Create small-scale wildlife habitats – there’s lots of advice available for doing this in your garden. Key features like trees, dead wood, water, and growing a variety of plants all help to create a range of habitats for different wildlife. Try the Wildlife Trust’s  Wild About Gardens website for starters. If you own some land (a field, a small wood) look for information online how you could create the optimum conditions for wildlife or talk to Durham Wildlife Trust who may have resources that can help.
  2. Set up a wildlife area where you work – could your work help to pay for some pots and pollinator friendly plants and a bird feeder?
  3. Have a ‘cuttings’ day to share bee-friendly plants
  4. Plant a vegetable garden/ patch
  5. Compost your kitchen and garden waste. It reduces landfill and creates habitat for wildlife.
  6. Make gaps in your garden fences to allow wildlife like hedgehogs to move between gardens. Tips on this here
  7. Put up a micro-habitat – bat box, bird box, hedgehog house. Our activity sheets can help!
  8. Rewild your school – If you work at a school could your school grounds be improved for wildlife. Indoors you could set up a nature table at school (or your children’s school). If you’re a parent ask your school about opportunities for outdoor learning e.g. feedback surveys.
  9. Leave a wild patch in your lawn – this simple action helps to create a wider range of habitats in your garden. Flowers are good for bees, long grass helps to shelter moths and small mammals.
  10. Pick up litter – each piece of litter removed from a natural ecosystem helps wildlife and creates better places for people.