Wildlife Trust is asking everyone to remember local wildlife this Christmas time. There
are many ways that everyone can help wildlife to thrive through the winter, and at the
same time add to our enjoyment of the natural world, whether it is feeding the birds and
hedgehogs or getting out to help look after the environment.
By providing food for birds and mammals like hedgehogs, and ensuring that water is
available, we can attract many birds and mammals to our gardens and help them to survive
the harshest parts of the winter. Keeping parts of a pond free from ice should we
get a cold spell also helps animals such as frogs. This is also a good time to
place bird nest boxes in your garden so that the birds can discover them before the
A good New Years resolution would be to minimise the use of chemicals in the garden and
to plant shrubs which provide berries for the birds, and flowers which will provide nectar
for insects such as bumble bees and butterflies. Good shrubs to plant include holly, so
that you can have your own natural supply of Christmas holly and ensure plenty remains for
wild birds to feed off.
Another wonderful way to help wildlife is to get directly involved in caring for nature
reserves. The Trust manages over 50 reserves throughout the county and relies on the
support of volunteers to care for these sites through carrying out the management work,
which is essential to maintain their wildlife value. Information on these activities and
lots more is available by sending a stamped addressed envelope to: Warwickshire Wildlife
Trust, Brandon Marsh Nature Centre, Brandon Lane, Coventry CV3 3GW or by visiting the
Nature Centre, which is signposted from the A45 just to the east of the Toll Bar
Those who do not have the time or energy to help with the practical work can support
the Trusts work through making a donation or becoming a member.
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Director, Dr Andy Tasker, said: