Ecological Enhancement – Improving Sites for Wildlife, Wild About Gardens Week
Ecological enhancement is an important part of Phlorum’s work and is tailored to each project based on the location of the site and the habitats present. Ecological enhancement measures may include the creation of new habitats and the improvement of existing areas, no matter how large or small, to improve the area for wildlife. This may include planting wildflowers, creating artificial homes for wildlife such as invertebrate log-piles and insect hotels, installing bird and bat boxes and constructing ponds.
Gardens provide important homes for wildlife and a number of enhancement measures can be undertaken in the smallest of gardens. Many creatures that are declining in the countryside, including common frog and hedgehog, can be supported in domestic gardens if the right habitats are present.
There are approximately 15 million gardens in the UK, and to highlight the importance of these areas for wildlife Wild About Gardens Week (running from the 25th -31st October) has been created to highlight just how much gardeners can do to help declining wildlife. This is a community-led event which shares information on how to improve your garden for wildlife.
More information on how you can get involved can be found on-line here.
There’s also some great advice on simple ecological enhancement measures for gardeners available from the RSPB website as part of their Giving Nature a Home campaign.