Originally Posted by reninfrance
We hear and read much about the protection and conservation of wildlife both nationally and internationally but the only contribution the majority of us can make is to contribute financially. Even that is an impossibility for some. For me this seems to put the responsibility for conserving bio diversity into the hands of 'experts' and leads to a concentration of resources on endangered species, at the same time absolving us from worrying about the more mundane wildlife in our own backyards.
I have a patch of 1000² metres (including the house and a large empty barn) so my garden is not huge. In this tiny part of the global environment I have total control. Millions, even billions of tiny patches like mine exist all over the world. What a potential for conservation!
What lives in your patch?
What do you do to provide suitable habitat?
I need ideas to find a balance between my need for a garden and the needs of the creatures that live in it!
Can't even oust the ragwort or pull up the spent wild margerites--they'r occupied!!!
I have A bug box for Leaf Cutter bees (See my thread on the insect threads)
and there are Tawny Mining bees in a hole down the side of my garage and a wood mouse living in my patio wall,
My garden is of a good size and well kept grass and borders
We get arround 17 species of birds, with last year a count of 34 Goldfinches
Dragonflys come and go, Bats at night, and when I put the Moth trap out at night there are quite a selection, sometimes a frog comes into the garden,
I think if you just tend your garden and grow what you want to grow is OK, and in your case maybe leave a bit to go wild with a log pile for insects think about a shelter for hedgehogs, a peice of black roofing felt for sloe worms and snakes,
Take photos of what you already have in your garden and barn and share them with us it would be interesting to see
All the best with your project,