How You Can Do Your Bit for Wildlife Conservation

We are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of wildlife on our planet. With many species of birds, insects and other animals under the threat of extinction, it is more important than ever to try to preserve the delicately balanced natural ecosystems, which we have both locally and internationally.
Although there is a lot of work and massive changes that need to be made by governments, there is still plenty that we, Joe Public can – and should – do.
  1. Create a wildlife garden

One of the most practical things that garden owners can do is to create their own wildlife garden. A wildlife garden is an area, which you will allow to grow naturally, full of grasses, local wildflowers and other plants that will decide to grow themselves there.

According to gardening specialists at Mowers Online, “There are some unexpected advantages of developing a lawn that is for wildlife such as the fact that you won’t need to put so much work into its maintenance.”

It also means that you can attract a wealth of little visitors to your garden, from birds to butterflies to bumblebees to beetles. Creating a wildlife garden is perhaps the easiest thing that you can do for wildlife conservation.

  1. Join a Wildlife Trust

There are 46 Wildlife Trusts local trusts which are dotted across the country. They help to preserve local land and seas, protecting wildlife and saving species. These Trusts are always non-profit, or charities, with their money going towards their wildlife projects, as well as lobbying the government to change laws or act on new research with an aim of preserving the natural balance of the ecosystems in this country and helping the planet in a more general way.

These organisations not only need money to help them to carry out their vital work but also volunteers. So, whether it is becoming a member, making a donation, giving them the profits from a cake stall or actually going and volunteering yourself, any help would always be appreciated.

  1. Reduce waste and recycle

It has never been easier to recycle in the UK. So, make sure that you do it. There are now, more than ever, many more products made from recycled packaging, many more options to recycle waste, and of course, more businesses who are aware of the waste that they are contributing towards.

Just because it can be recycled, however, doesn’t mean that you can’t reduce waste as well. After all, it’s better to not have the packaging in the first place – even if it is recyclable!

Waste is often dumped in areas, ruining an animal’s natural habitat, but also directly damaging nature – we often hear about animals found with plastic in the stomach or getting caught up in packaging.

In addition to using as many recycled products as possible – and, of course, recycling your own waste, you should also consider boycotting products or companies who appear to be disregarding their effect on nature and wildlife.

4. Lead by example

Like many things, the lifestyle changes that are needed to really be able to preserve the planet and protect our wildlife are habitual changes. Although the new generation seems to be offering some hope for the plight of the planet, already having contributed in a major way to the declaration of a climate emergency in the UK, there is still a long way to go.

One important way that parents can help is by teaching their children not only about recycling and saving energy but also developing an interest in local wildlife and preserving the nature around them.

The best way to do this is by leading by example. Go for walks, look out into the garden and talk about the wildlife that you see, made bird feeder bombs, put food and water out and watch the animals interact with it and show them that you care. By doing this we can hopefully begin to see the next generation of wildlife conscious wildlife protectors emerge.

As wildlife becomes increasingly under threat, more and more people want to do their bit. By not only taking personal steps to protect our beloved – and the extremely important natural world – we can put pressure on governments to make sure that issues about wildlife and nature not ignored.

It is still not too late to protect our planet beyond repair. But only by acting now will succeed – something, which is highly important for generations to come.