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Spread the word to help struggling garden wildlife, asks RSPB

Last modified: 11 September 2015

Starling

Starling is one species that need our help

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A recent poll has revealed that almost three quarters (73%) of people in the UK with an outdoor space haven’t spoken to their neighbour about how they can help wildlife currently in their garden in the past six months, despite 75% agreeing that it is important to encourage wildlife in to their garden. 

The RSPB’s summer Giving Nature a Home survey asked over 1,800 people with an outdoor space a series of questions relating to theirs and their neighbours garden, and garden wildlife. 

Richard Bashford, RSPB’s Giving Nature a Home Project Manager, said: “It’s encouraging to hear that so many people agree that it is important to encourage wildlife to their garden. Nature in the UK is in trouble and some of our more familiar garden species are among the worst affected. 

“It seems we need to talk more and potentially helping the creatures that visit our gardens could be just the excuse we need. If you’ve given nature a home in your garden why not spread the word about the benefits it has to UK wildlife – tell a friend, family member or neighbour. It could be the start of creating more nature friendly gardens that could help reverse the declines of some of our struggling garden wildlife.”

In the answer to the question ‘thinking about the last 12 months, how often have you shared advice on how to help wildlife that is currently in your garden?’ 47% of people surveyed answered ‘never’, another 14% answered ‘not in the past 12 months’, and 12% said ‘less often than 6 months’.  

Of those surveyed, three quarters (75%) agreed that it was important to encourage wildlife in to their garden, 65 per cent believed their household encouraged wildlife into their garden, 39% suggested their neighbour helped wildlife and just over a quarter (27%) worked with their neighbour to help nature pass between their gardens.

The poll was carried out to get an insight into how people helped UK wildlife in their garden or outdoor space, and if they felt it was important to encourage other people where they lived to do the same.   
To spread the word and inspire people across the country to connect with nature and build wildlife homes in their gardens and outdoor spaces, the RSPB’s Giving Nature a Home TV advert will be screened from tonight [Friday 11th September, 2015], showing no matter how big or small your outdoor space is, there is something we can all do to help wildlife.

Richard added: “Gardens provide a valuable lifeline for struggling species like starlings, toads, hedgehogs and butterflies, so we want to inspire as many people as we can to give nature a home where they live. Although the overall problem is huge, the solution can start on a small scale with help from friends, family or neighbours, right on your doorstep.”

Through the RSPB’s campaign Giving Nature a Home you can help tackle the housing crisis facing the UK’s threatened wildlife. The charity is asking people to provide a place for wildlife in their own gardens and outside space – whether it is by pollen-rich plants to attract bees and butterflies, putting up a nest box for a house sparrow, or creating a pond that will support a number of different species.

To find out more about the RSPB’s Giving Nature a Home campaign and how you can help, visit: www.rspb.org.uk/homes

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