18: Make an urban space creature-friendly

Simple Thing No.18-Urban space creature friendlyWe don’t tend to associate city life with nature. However, many creatures and plants used to live where we have put down concrete and stone, without giving them an alternative place to live.

Concrete gardens

Front lawns are being paved to provide car parking spaces, back gardens are being tiled and pebbled to reduce maintenance. This means that plants and animals have lost yet another little bit of earth. Why not get some planters and find out what plants are loved by bees, butterflies and other creatures so that they will have a place to live.

Balconies, patios and window ledges

Just because you don’t have a garden doesn’t mean you can’t give nature a helping hand. Grow flowering plants in pots and window boxes. They’ll look great and you’ll be giving bees and other bugs a big helping hand.

Flowers loved by creatures

There are thousands of beautiful flowers, but not all of them are native to your own country and not necessarily all are loved by bees, butterflies and insects. Below are a few flowers recommended for the United Kingdom. Look online to find out which plants and flowers would work for where you live.

  • Corn Marigold
  • Cornflower
  • Ox-Eye Daisy
  • Wild Marjoram
  • Buddleia
  • Heliotrope, or ‘cherry pie’
  • Monarda

Find more Simple Things you can do to help nature on the RSPB’s ‘Give Nature a Home’.

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