Posted 15th Dec 2017
If you're busy thinking about your New Years resolutions, why not help wildlife at the same time?
To inspire you, the wildlife charity has compiled its top five tips that are good for you and nature...
1 Get outdoors
With the amount of time that will be spent outside in nature proving to be on the decline, the RSPB has launched a new online awards scheme, Wild Challenge, there's a design to get you and your family out and closer to the natural world. There are 30 activities to choose from that take you from your own back garden to exploring towns, cities, woodlands and even the coast - you can start your own wildlife adventure by visiting www.rspb.org.uk/wildchallenge
2 Give nature a home
Getting birds and other wildlife to your garden is simple - simply give them food, water and shelter! Whether you have a large garden or a tiny urban courtyard, there will be lots of ways to give nature a home from feeding birds to growing flowers and creating a bug hotel to helping hedgehogs. Find out more here: www.rspb.org.uk/homes
3 Get to know five birds in your garden
Have you ever wondered what the black and white bird is you can see dashing across your lawn? Is that a tiny bird with a very loud song? Then why not take part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch, 27-29 January, to find out more about your garden visitors. It will only take an hour and it's a great chance to sit back and relax while you count and record the birds in your garden or local green space. Over half a million people will take part every year and the results help us to find out what wildlife is in trouble. You can find out more here www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch
There will be chances to volunteer for nature in hundreds of different ways - the RSPB has over 12,000 fantastic volunteers, and between them, they contribute nearly one million hours each year. Volunteering roles can be tailored to suit your skills, interests and circumstances; alternatively you can get into the physical outside or help from the warmth of a visitor centre, cafe or office. Even if you only have an hour or a few days to spare, it can make a real difference.
5 Green your shopping basket
If shopping is your thing, you can still help wildlife at the same time!
- Buying fruit and vegetables in season will not only be cheaper and more readily available, but also means you won;t have travelled so far, thus cutting down on those 'food miles'.
- Cut down on meat; people are now making the choice to eat less meat due to environmental issues. When you do buy meat, look for those which are produced to a higher environmental standard.
- Eat healthy; this will be great for the planet. Look for products with less packaging. Products with no packaging, including loose fruit and veg will be even better.
- Look for more nature friendly food; this could be certified organic or other labels such as Fair to Nature, Leaf or Pasture Fed. Farms which earn these labels are going the extra mile for wildlife.