A habitat is a place where an organism (a plant or an animal) lives.  Habitats are also places where groups of organisms live.  Habitats have everything that animals needs to survive, this includes water, food, shelter from predators and what they need to nest or breed.

We often think of cities and towns as a place with no wildlife, but wherever you find green places like parks and gardens you will find nature.  In fact, if you live in an urban area this is the easiest way to discover a bit of the wild because it is so close.

  • Trees and shrubs give places for birds to nest and small mammals, like hedgehogs, a place to find food and spots to hibernate.
  • Bird feeders can help birds to survive over the winter whilst flowers create food for pollinators.
  • Ponds in parks and gardens provide valuable fresh water and are an important habitat for amphibians like salamanders and micro-beasts like pond-skaters.
  • Green spaces are also an important place for humans to relax, exercise and socialise, a bit of quiet and calm in busy cities.
We often think of cities and towns as a place with no wildlife, but wherever you find green places like parks and gardens you will find nature.  In fact, if you live in an urban area this is the easiest way to discover a bit of the wild because it is so close.

  • Trees and shrubs give places for birds to nest and small mammals, like hedgehogs, a place to find food and spots to hibernate.
  • Bird feeders can help birds to survive over the winter whilst flowers create food for pollinators.
  • Ponds in parks and gardens provide valuable fresh water and are an important habitat for amphibians like salamanders and micro-beasts like pond-skaters.
  • Green spaces are also an important place for humans to relax, exercise and socialise, a bit of quiet and calm in busy cities.
  • Whilst green spaces in urban areas aren’t under threat they are less likely to be good spaces for nature to flourish.
    Grass lawns may look lush, but they rarely have a lot of different species living in them and so do not support insects that are an important part of food chains.
    Using chemicals to stop weeds growing and insects thriving, has a big effect on bird populations, with the populations of common birds like sparrows and starlings dropping by half in the UK in the last 25 years.

 

 

  • If you can have wild parts in your garden to allow weeds like nettles to grow as these are important places for insects like butterflies to live.
  • Let your lawns grow longer to give a chance for flowers to grow for pollinators and moss to grow, which birds use for their nests.
  • Ponds are a great place for insects and amphibians and provide water for birds and mammals. Try to grow bee friendly flowers, but if you don’t have a lot of space, try growing them in window boxes.
  • If you can have wild parts in your garden to allow weeds like nettles to grow as these are important places for insects like butterflies to live.
  • Let your lawns grow longer to give a chance for flowers to grow for pollinators and moss to grow, which birds use for their nests.
  • Ponds are a great place for insects and amphibians and provide water for birds and mammals. Try to grow bee friendly flowers, but if you don’t have a lot of space, try growing them in window boxes.