21: Give nature a hand

Simple Thing No.21-Give nature a home “Each and every one of us can make changes in the way we live our lives and become part of the solution”

-Al Gore, politician and climate crisis campaigner

'Leisure', by W H Davies

‘Leisure’, by W H Davies. (Photo – Handmade Haven)

It’s no secret that the world’s natural environment is under humungous pressure at the moment. Human development is threatening  habitats and wildlife. But each and every one of us can do a few Simple Things to help protect our ecosystem. For your Simple Thing today, give nature a home.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

Nature home - Hedgehog tunnel

Help creatures such as hedgehogs move about freely to find food, water and shelter by creating little tunnels in or underneath your fence.

Need some inspiration? Follow a few of these super simple and fun ideas outlined by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to give nature a home on your doorstep.

Recycled newspaper pots

Recycled newspaper pots. (Photo – Cottage Hill)

No garden? No problem! Ask for some old crates from your local supermarket and plant in them!

Ask for some old crates from your local supermarket and plant whatever you like in them and put them on your balcony or in the window. (Photo – ‘The aerial, edible garden’)

Whether you’re building a home for starlings, planting flowering plants or creating a small water feature for birds- there are so many fun projects you can do solo, with a partner or with your children! Don’t have a garden? No problem! Follow this Start-a-garden Checklist by Real Simple to create your own garden, no matter how much (or how little) outside space you have. To get even more ideas on how you can give nature a home, check out these brilliantly creative ideas on Pinterest. Research and writing – Harriet Doughty

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