REWILDING YOUR GARDEN

LET SOME OF YOUR LAWN GROW LONG

   

A natural solution to climate change and restoring biodiversity.


A simple, no-cost way for YOU to help restore nature across Britain.


Choose an area of YOUR  lawn and don't cut this area until the winter - let the grass grow naturally into a wild grass and flower meadow. 


If you wish to supplement with wild flower seed then best to wait a season or two until you see which wild flowers are already there. - many seed mixes from packets do not favour your soil type.  Nature will select those that will grow well.


Do not forget that we are rewilding for nature - not for us - and this does not necessarily mean a garish flush of poppies and other colours is what nature wants? We must consider the needs of insects, birds and small mammals, and many of these need  both long grasslands as well as wild flowers .


Put a BLUE heart in the ground made out of re-cycled materials to show that you CARE for nature.


You’ll find an abundance of new life will appear with the long grass; crickets, beetles, snails, wild flowers, birds, butterflies and hedgehogs.


Join the community and SHARE photographs of your new little nature reserve with us on Facebook @bluecampaignhub

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NATURE'S POLLINATORS

Nature provides the best pollinators at the best time

Dandelions emerge at a time when many kinds of insects need them and long before your own choice of pollinators are out. 


Leaving a part of the lawn to let them flower is just the start of a summer of enjoyment watching other species of wild flower and grasses grow through. 


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GARDEN WASTE IS WILDLIFE HABITAT

5 ***** Bug Hotel and Hedgehog Heaven

There is no such thing as 'garden waste'. If hedge cuttings and clippings of plants can be stacked into a high heap in a corner of gardens they make the most perfect rewilding habitat for insects, beetles, and small mammals including hedgehogs.


Do not feel there is any need to burn this. It will rise over the summer and autumn as you continue to throw bits on it, and over the winter it slowly reduces in height again.


Hedgehogs will nuzzle themselves right into the centre of this for their winter hibernation, where it provides plenty of warmth and protection from rain and predators like badgers.

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ENCOURAGE CHILDREN

Get involved with discovering new species of insects and plants

Every week through the months of May, June, July and August new species of wild plants and insects can be found in your mini nature reserve.


By rewilding an area, perhaps with a path cut through the middle, allows you and children to access the area and spot new plants as they start flowering.


If you sit still and listen you might hear the chirp of crickets and grasshoppers on hot days. Remember, every week there will be something new. You will notice the sudden emergence of say, Meadow Brown butterflies in mid June.


The Privet Hawk Moth found in the picture provided astonishment to all! 


You do not need more than a few square metres of rewilded area to find amazing creatures like this.

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BE CREATIVE

Circles, islands, banks, meanders

Nature is untidy.


But it can look really lovely when combined with the cut grass that you might want to keep in order to access the wilder bits.


Children love to run up and down the paths between the long grass.


These paths mean that the plants and insects can be reached to be identified without having to trample down the long grass.


So, be creative and have fun with your rewilded area.


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WILDFLOWER SEEDS?

It is best to let nature seed what it wants

Don't forget that grassland habitats are vitally important.


It is surprising how quickly species of plant will start to appear amongst the grass as it starts to grow.


Do not feel that you need to create a 'wildflower meadow' from seed. Many of the seeds in packets will not like the soil. We might want colours like poppies and giant daisies but Nature wants grasslands with its own choice of wild flowers.


Pollinator plants are important, yes, but equally important are the food plants for caterpillars. Many butterflies and moth caterpillars have their own unique food plant. For instance, Red Admiral butterflies might swarm on our buddleias to feed off the nectar, but they need nettles on which to lay eggs and for their caterpillars to grow.


Nettles don't come in wild flower seed packets.


Many people and organisations are monetising the biodiversity crisis, but what nature really wants is for us to leave it alone a bit. 



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PLEASE DON'T USE SLUG PELLETS

Nature wants slugs and snails just as much as us

They are at the bottom of the food chain, so remember, when you poison slugs and snails it has an impact on the rest of the ecology of your garden.


Please don't use pesticides or fungicides either. If we can stop their use in the 15 million gardens in Britain we'll be going a long way to restoring the biodiversity and biomass that we have lost just in the last 30-50 years (since both farming and gardening became so intensive).


If we can't live with slugs and snails then we don't deserve to be the guardians of nature on the land we're looking after for our children's children.

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