Appendix 3 Action you can take
Conservation starts at home and it is everyone's responsibility to play his or her part, however small. There are several things you can do to help increase Biodiversity in Calderdale.
In your garden
- plant some native trees or shrubs
- put up a nesting box
- provide a regular supply of food and water for birds
- build a habitat pile of old logs and branches
- plant a hedge of native species
- build a garden pond
- leave some weeds and long grass for the benefit of insects
- plant some shrubs and flowers to attract butterflies
- at a garden centre look for native plants of proven origin
- create your own compost using waste from the kitchen and garden
- create a wildflower meadow - use seed collected in the UK
- build a drystone wall - it provides shelter and habitat for animals and plants such as mosses
- do not use peat.
In the community
- join a wildlife group
- encourage your local community Council or Residents Association to adopt or manage an area for wildlife
- help your local school to create a wildlife area in the school grounds
- encourage your local Golf Club to take part in Wildlife Management Practices
- join volunteer conservation projects with organisations such as the Countryside and Forestry Unit.
In the workplace
Many of the actions we take as individuals can be translated into larger schemes. New or existing office and factory developments offer many opportunities to improve biodiversity. You can:
- plant groups of native trees and shrubs
- allow some areas of grass to grow and flower - this helps insects and birds
- create a water feature as part of a landscaping scheme
- consider a ‘bog garden’ if safety means a pond is unsuitable
- retain some existing areas of habitat as part of a landscaping scheme - it need not look untidy and it will benefit wildlife and save money!
- create a wildflower meadow and ensure it is managed by cutting in the late summer
- try to avoid large areas of mown grass and single ornamental trees - there is little wildlife value in short grass
- try to include shrubs and plants to attract butterflies and birds - many are attractive and practical for inclusion in planting schemes.
- incorporate bird boxes and bat refuges into new buildings or converted old buildings support local initiatives to plant trees and create wildlife areas in Calderdale.