HOW YOU CAN HELP
Biodiversity affects the quality of life of everyone and each of us can choose to help conservation within our gardens or the open spaces in and around our parish. There are many organisations, which can be joined, in order to support their work in this area. Alternatively, it is possible to form a community group to look after a piece of neglected land near your house.
Gardening for Wildlife
Gardens can produce a breathing space for a variety of wildlife by providing four essential needs - shelter, food, water and a place to breed. The planting of native trees or shrubs can provide shelter and food in the form of nuts or berries. Flowers that provide a source of nectar and pollen, even in a window box, can benefit butterflies and bees and a pile of logs or nest boxes may allow hedgehogs or birds to breed.
Join a Community Group
Joining a local community group provides an opportunity to voice your opinion on local conservation issues. Residents in a parish may understand the nature of their environment better than someone who is not familiar with the area. Local knowledge of a site and changes that have been observed within it can be invaluable in the formation of management plans. The 'Discover Whitehill and Bordon' booklet has information on such groups.
Join in Practical Conservation Tasks
'Green gyms' are becoming very popular. Volunteers join in practical conservation tasks such as planting trees, clearing scrub or building revetments along river banks. In this way wildlife is seen, while gentle exercise is taken in a social environment.