Looking after the natural environment
As our urban areas continue to grow and farmers continue to use pesticides, Britain’s wildlife remains under threat:
- 10 - 20% of our native species are struggling to survive!
There are many ways that you can help:
Plant a tree
Trees use carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air, which helps reduce the most serious cause of climate change. Trees also screen out noise, help to reduce flooding and are lovely to look at. Visit: Treesponsibility .
Look after what is there
If you know of a tree, or trees, that you think needs protection, apply for a Tree Preservation Order .
For more information on trees, visit: Tree Council .
- a pond, which will attract frogs and dragonflies; or
- put up a feeder or a nesting box, to encourage birds.
For more information, visit: Wild about gardens .
Why not try Volunteering with Countryside Services? Volunteers play an extremely important part in the delivery of countryside management in Calderdale. Volunteers help with many tasks, including:
- habitat management;
- tree planting;
- wildlife surveys;
- maintenance of public rights of way and way marking.
Say no to peat
Extraction of peat from lowland habitats, for use as compost, causes damage to UK’s most valuable wildlife habitats. There are alternatives available! Ask your local garden centre to supply peat-free compost or even better, make your own. For more information, visit: Recycle Now - composting .
Do not be a litterbug
Set a good example, do not dropping litter and support community litter clean-ups. If you have seen evidence of fly tipping, report it to the Council: Report fly-tipping .
Choose good wood
Buying products made from sustainably produced wood will help preserve the world's endangered forests. Look for: The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo.
Think before you pour
Avoid putting oil, paint, varnish or solvent down the drain. It will often end up in a nearby river where it will seriously harm fish and other wildlife.
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Environmental Management Team
Housing, Environment and Renewal
PO Box 51