RSPB launches biggest ever campaign to create new homes for UK wildlife
NewsMonday 24 June 2013
The RSPB has recently launched its biggest ever campaign as it tackles the housing crisis facing the UK’s most threatened wildlife.
The charity launched the Giving Nature a Home campaign, which urges the nation to provide a place for wildlife in their own gardens and outside spaces.
They are hoping to inspire people around the UK to create a million new homes for nature.
This smashing campaign has been launched just a month after 25 wildlife organisations, including the RSPB, released the ground-breaking State of Nature report, which revealed that 60% of the wildlife species studied have declined over recent decades.
Many of the creatures that were deemed to be in serious trouble are some of our garden favourites including, starlings, hedgehogs, some butterflies and ladybirds. All of these are in danger of further declines unless we do more to provide better habitats.
Over the next few months the RSPB will be making it clear what businesses, communities and politicians can do to help the situation. They will also be detailing their own plans for saving the UK’s wildlife.
Mike Clarke, RSPB Chief Executive spoke about the campaign on the organisation’s official website: “Nature in the UK is in trouble and some of our more familiar garden species are amongst those suffering serious declines. Gardens provide a valuable lifeline for species like starlings, toads, hedgehogs and butterflies, which are struggling to find homes in the wider countryside.
“Although the overall problem is huge, the solution can start on a small scale, right on our doorsteps. It doesn’t matter what sort of garden you have, what size it is, or even if you have no garden at all, we need everyone to help by turning their outside space into a wildlife haven.
“The more people that get involved in our Giving Nature a Home campaign the better. Our aim is to provide one million homes for nature across the UK, because if there’s no home for nature, then there’s no nature – it really is that serious.”
Linda Barker, the TV homes expert, is one of the famous faces supporting the campaign. She also commented saying: “I’m getting behind the RSPB’s campaign because, to me, having wildlife in your garden is the perfect finishing touch to any home. Planting wild flowers, digging a pond or creating a log pile for bugs is not just a good way of getting creative and making your garden more attractive, but it will also benefit threatened garden wildlife at the same time.
“Individual actions will make a difference and start to help tackle the lack of habitats for some of our wild creatures. In my garden I’ve put up a nest box for birds and planted nectar-rich flowers to attract bees. If everyone can do just one thing and gave nature a home in their outside space it would be amazing - together we can make a big difference.”
To help spread the word, the RSPB has joined up with Rightmove, the UK's number one property website, to help promote the campaign to homeowners, renters and those looking to get onto the property ladder.
What do you think of this campaign and what will you be doing to help?