It’s World Wildlife Day! Celebrate with these sustainable swaps

It’s #WorldWildlifeDay! Celebrate with these sustainable swaps

3/4/2021 12:07:00 AM

It’s WorldWildlifeDay! Celebrate with these sustainable swaps

The theme for World Wildlife Day on 3 March is Forests and Livelihoods, make these sustainable food and home swaps from Amazon and more to see a better tomorrow

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While this year’s theme for World Wildlife Day focuses on forests and the livelihoods of the communities who rely on them, the wider overarching aim of the event is of course to “celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s fauna and flora”.As such, you can do your bit for your local ecosystems is by encouraging wildlife into your garden. One way to do so is through bees, which are crucial pollinators. Yet they are in decline – since 1900, the

, and a further 35 are considered to be under threat of extinction.Theof this decline can be attributed to pesticides, habitat loss and climate change.Beea hero and do your bit to support these creatures by coaxing them into your yard by cultivating British wildflowers. We’d do so with these Black Bee Honey seed bombs (£8.50,

).(Black Bee Honey)Each pack contains 20 bombs, which is sufficient for one square metre of wildflower meadow – the resulting plants will also attract butterflies. Profits go toBee Friendly Trust, a charity that works to transform the nation’s neglected areas into thriving floral habitats for honey bees and other pollinators – so you’ll not only be attracting them into your garden, you’ll also be supporting them in the wild.

Other at-risk animals include birds;, and one in eight are threatened with global extinction. Robert Jacques, supporter development officer at the British Trust for Ornithology, toldThe Independentthat “one of the simplest ways is to leave some parts of your garden to grow wild. This will create nesting opportunities for birds, which like dense vegetation, and homes for insects, which most garden birds need to nourish chicks.”

Jacques recommends fruiting trees and bushes, along with large seedheads, such as teasels, as a great resource for birds in the winter. As such, we’d recommend this featherbom seedbom (£3.95,), which includes teasels.(Kabloom)Simply shake, pull the pin out of the top and drop it onto bare soil – preferably in an area that has plenty of light. Plant in spring for flowering in the same year.

Finally, we’d always recommend reading more about these issues, as when you learn more about what’s facing our forests, you’ll want to help maintain their health and in turn, share your knowledge and educate others.The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

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