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World Environment Day 2016

May 31, 2016

This year’s theme for WED – Go Wild for Life – encourages you to celebrate all those species under threat and take action of your own to help safeguard them for future generations. This can be about animals or plants that are threatened within your local area as well as at the national or global level - many local extinctions will eventually add up to a global extinction! Whoever you are, and wherever you live, show zero-tolerance for the illegal trade in wildlife in word and deed, and make a difference.

We're delighted to be getting involved and have decided to run a staff competition to get people thinking about how they might help towards plant and animal conservation. 

Some of our ideas include:

- Joining and helping out with a local or national conservation group or wildlife charity.

- Recording wildlife in the Vale

- Planting locally-sourced native plants and shrubs and avoiding planting species that are known to be invasive. Native plants are preferred to exotic species by bees and butterflies, and will attract a wider range of wildlife to your garden. To find species native to your area visit the Postcode Plants Database which also has a database of native seed suppliers.

- Planting nectar rich flowers to attract bees and butterflies.

- Stopping the use of slug pellets and pesticides that are killing beneficial insects and affecting the birds which eat them e.g. song thrushes which are becoming increasingly scarce. Instead use environmentally friendly methods. For example, placing old plastic bottles over young plants, putting seaweed around your plants or using beer traps. For more information visit HDRA, an organisation devoted to organic gardening.

- Installing bird and bat boxes and putting up bird feeders, especially in winter when birds may struggle to find food. Remember to keep them away from squirrels and cats.

- Growing plants and shrubs which produce lots berries or seeds for birds to feed on, such as teasel, sunflower, berberis or cotoneaster.

- Creating a garden pond and designing it with wildlife in mind. It could become home to species of national importance such as the Great Crested Newt.

- Buying or making your own compost bin. Visit Home Composting for advice on home composting. Using your own home-made compost rather than peat helps save peat bogs which are a threatened habitat that has been adversely affected by extraction of peat for garden use.

- Providing places in your garden for creatures to shelter. Stones, for example, or dead wood and leaves can become home to hedgehogs, fungi and insects. Hibernating toads, frogs and newts like log piles in dark damp corners of your garden.

- Creating a window box to encourage bees and butterflies if you don't have a garden.

Winners will be selected by assessment of photographic evidence and the prize for the best entry is TBC! For more information about WED, click here

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