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Garden Wildlife Week: Find out more about the nature on your doorstep

A new project designed to encourage people to make their outdoor spaces more wildlife-friendly has been launched - just in time for Garden Wildlife Week!
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Food and water can be put out to encourage hedgehogs

The project, a partnership from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and Cambridgeshire housebuilder Barratt and David Wilson Homes, comes after the year in lockdown prompted a renewed interest in local nature. The Big Garden Birdwatch, led by the RSPB in January, saw record-breaking involvement from people across the UK and a recent YouGov poll saw two-thirds of people say nature was a source of solace during the pandemic.

The Nature on Your Doorstep project aims to help people turn their outdoor spaces - whatever they have available - into havens for local garden wildlife, with how-to gardening guides, step-by-step videos, seasonal gardening advice and an online community that will help users learn from one another.
Adrian Thomas, the RSPB's wildlife gardening expert, said: "Our local wildlife has been an incredible source of comfort over the past year of isolation and uncertainty, and we’re so thrilled to see people wanting to help nature in return. With Nature on Your Doorstep we want to provide a place for everyone to learn from each other, ask questions, and be inspired to do more.

"Gardens can provide a crucial lifeline for struggling species - familiar birds such as the house sparrow have seen their numbers halve in the last 40 years, while 28 species of urban butterflies are down 69% in three decades. But seven out of eight households in Britain have a garden, and that is a huge patchwork of potential homes for nature. To that hungry butterfly, or that weather-beaten bird looking for a place to roost, just one garden can make all the difference. If we all work together to transform our gardens, we can truly revive our world."

Articles already available on the site include tips for the best plants for attracting wildlife and the importance of water in bringing outdoor spaces to life. Users can also sign up for a monthly newsletter.
To find out more about turning your garden into paradise for you and local wildlife, visit the website.