Keep doing your bit for wildlife!
From the comfort of your own home...
There are lots of ways that you can help wildlife - whether it's from your window, on your street, out on a walk or in your garden.
- Let us know what you're seeing in the outdoor spaces around you using #wildlifefrommywindow - we'll be sharing the best of the action on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages.
- Check out UKCEH's top tips to learn what's what outside your window. Once you can tell your hoverfly from your honeybee, get involved with your very own FIT Count!
- If you live in Northern Ireland, you can also take part in this pollinator survey by BugLife.
- Keep the kids busy with these wild activities from Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, or become an ID pro yourself!
- Let your wild side loose with ideas and inspiration from The Wildlife Trusts' 30 Days Wild.
- Want to get involved in bat monitoring? Start here, it's easy!
- Learn which common garden birds are which, with this handy guide from The Wildlife Trusts
- Keep tabs on the bird life around your home with the BTO's free BirdTrack app or find other ways of recording your sightings using the RSPB's handy guide.
- Have you seen any swifts yet? If so, record your sighting on the SwiftMapper website.
- Once you've recorded your bird sightings, you can track their migration progress across Europe on the Euro Bird Portal.
In your garden or outdoor space...
- Letting nature reclaim parts of your garden, planting for pollinators and allowing wildflowers and other native plants to grow, are great ways to support wildlife. With that in mind, leave the lawnmower in the shed and take part in No Mow May.
- Once your lawn has grown you can take stock of the benefits you are bringing to your local wildlife, in the Every Flower Counts survey.
- Follow this action advice from Naturehood on making your garden a wildlife haven.
- Buglife has put together this guide about gardening for bugs. There are a wealth of things you can do in your garden to encourage invertebrates.
- Beetles love a log pile! Get some great tips on making a log shelter on the Wildlife Trust's website.
- Flatworms are a cause for concern in our gardens. Help Buglife track this invasive species across the country.
- Every wildlife enthusiast loves seeing birds in their garden. Click here to get the basics on providing for birds or, if there's a specific type of bird you'd like to see more of, the BTO has factsheets on encouraging all sorts of UK birds to your green space.
- Create a wildlife pond - follow these tips to make an amphibian paradise, and learn how to give your new water feature the best surroundings for its new inhabitants. Best of all, you really can build one out of anything!
- Once you've built your pond – get tips and tricks on how to look after them and ID all the new the dragonflies visiting your garden.
- Build a B&B for bees with this step-by-step guide from the RSPB
- Give a hog a home - you might even end up with a prickle of hoglets roaming round!
- Get closer to nature on your doorstep this lockdown and join families in their gardens for the Wild Challenge.
From the Springwatch blog...
When you're out and about...
- Noticed any leaf buds bursting or blackberries ripening? Record these observations and many more with Nature's Calendar.
- Help to create a thriving and climate-resilient urban area near you by getting involved in planting a Tiny Forest.
- Get up early one day and head out to hear your local dawn chorus. It's much easier to socially distance at this time of day too!
- Download the free Mammal Mapper app and help to track our declining British mammals.
- Although a sad sight, recording roadkill each year tells us much about how wild mammals are doing in the surrounding landscape. Join in with PTES's Mammals on Roads survey.
- There's another way of monitoring wildlife from your car the Bugs Matter survey is asking you to help them track insect populations by looking at your car number plate!
- Find out more about the wildflowers that surround us every day with Plantlife's #WildFlowerHunt
- Have you come across any birds affected by plastic pollution? They could be entangled in plastic or they could have used it to build their nest... If you have, then report your findings to the Birds & Debris survey.
If you live near the coast...
- Don't forget to do a #2minutebeachclean while out on a walk!
- If you're lucky enough to see seals this year, take a photograph but remember to keep your distance and watch wildlife responsibly. These tips from the Cornish Wildlife Trust are here to help!