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How to help UK wildlife in April

19 April 2023

As the beauty of spring begins to unfold around us in April, it's one of the best times to get into action for wildlife. Plants are beginning to grow, birds are nesting and insects such as butterflies and bees are emerging from hibernation (or torpor). 

Here's four actions for local wildlife you can do in April. 

Use companion planting instead of pesticides

Companion planting is a natural alternative to using pesticides in your Naturespace, which are hugely damaging to wildlife. This method involves planting distraction or sacrificial plants for invertebrates so they don't harm the plants such as vegetables that you wish to protect. 

Find out more on how to use companion planting here

Use peat-free compost

If you're getting back into gardening this month, use peat-free compost for your plants and flowerbeds. It is vital that peat is not removed from our peatlands as we need it for tackling both climate change and for wildlife that depend on this unique habitat for survival.

Removing peat to create compost permanently damages peatlands and releases carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.

The RHS have advice on how to do peat-free gardening, find out more here

Grow a green wall


Growing a green wall is an excellent option for helping wildlife if you don't have much outdoor space. The easiest way to start a green wall is by setting up a trellis or wireframe and planting climbing plants such as clematis or climbing rose.

The RHS have guidance on creating green walls, find out more here

Set up a water butt


One way to save water, especially if you are a keen gardener, is to set up a water butt in your Naturespace. Water butts collect rainwater which can then be used for watering plants, filling bird baths or topping up ponds. Rainwater is better for plants and for wildlife. But always use the lid, to ensure wildlife doesn't fall in!

The RHS has a guide on collecting, storing and reusing water in your garden, find out more here


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