Animals at risk have seen their habitats threatened by humans and our everyday activities, so it comes down to all of us to do our part to save them. You might not have a rainforest on your doorstep, but there’s still plenty you can do to help conserve your local wildlife in your back garden.
Trees and Plants
Trees are often cut down to make room for our houses, roads, and farms. Native trees are crucial for our planet. Not only do they absorb harmful gasses from the air and provide us with clean oxygen, but they are an important habitat for our local wildlife. One of the best ways to help regrow this environment and help local wildlife thrive is to replant native trees to rebuild that habitat.
But this can be a big task, and not everyone has the space to plant a tree. You can also help by being mindful and aware. If you are walking in local woodland, stick to the paths to help reduce human traffic through nature’s turf. If you have to go off the track for whatever reason, keep a close eye on where you’re stepping and what you are touching so you don’t disturb anything you shouldn’t.
Bugs and Birds
It is not just habitat loss that puts the critters in our gardens at risk, however. They also suffer from pollution and climate change, but there are things we can do to help them out. Feeders are a great way to encourage local birds, especially in the winter. They help to keep the birds that don't migrate away warm and healthy, especially now that climate change is affecting so many of their food sources.
Likewise, you may want to build a place for other animals in the garden to rest. Bee hotels and hedgehog homes are great ideas for our winter hibernators, where frog ponds and bat boxes can help give a safe space to animals whose homes are under threat.
Energy and Water
There is plenty we can do to tackle climate change at its root cause. By doing so, we can help keep our plants healthy and have a positive effect on conservation efforts. We can keep an eye on what resources we are using and try our best to cut down on the most harmful ones. Electricity and water are two resources that come to us at the push of a button and the turn of a tap, but sometimes we use more of these resources than we need. Be aware of ‘vampire devices’ that use energy while they are on standby and switch them off at the wall.
Likewise, try taking a little less time in the show to reduce water consumption. It might be nice to spend some extra time under the water, but the energy needed to heat the water and pump it in through the shower can have a big impact. Also, keep an eye out for dripping taps to save as much water as possible!
Conservation may seem big and daunting, but there are small things that you can easily do from home. Even small tasks can have a giant impact on the future plants, animals, and even the future humans on planet Earth.