Are you looking for a New Year's resolution?
As we have one for you - Do more to help wildlife and the environment.
This is the last post in the helping our wildlife blog series and I wanted to focus on what we can all do to help wildlife. Often when it comes to making changes, people often think big and forget that little changes can make a difference too.
Here are my top things you can do to help wildlife this year:
Take part in a citizen science project - I love citizen science projects and there are so many out there. The RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch is at the end of the month, so why not check it out?
Become a Hedgehog Champion - You can register on Hedgehog Street to become a champion and help create a hedgehog highway on your street. If you didn't know already there are hedgehogs in Banstead.
Avoid using insecticides and plant some wildlife-friendly flowers in your garden or in a window box - Flowers are great for our pollinators.
Try to be more environmentally friendly - There are loads of ways you can do this, but a good place to start is by either reducing & recycling your waste or avoiding single-use plastics.
Put up a bird box - House Sparrows and Swifts are on the Red List of Birds of Conservation Concern, so providing a nesting site for them is a great way to help.
Help or report any sick or injured wildlife - As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, as a veterinary practice we have a duty to provide first aid and pain relief to all species. You can also report any incident of death or illness in our garden species to Garden Wildlife Health.
Take steps to reduce your cat's hunting behaviour - you can read more about this in my Cats & Wildlife blog post.
Support wildlife charities - This can be via donations, volunteering or simply spreading awareness about their campaigns.
If you want some more ideas, check out The Wildlife Trusts actions.
I hope you enjoyed this blog series. If you liked this series, then check out our Wildlife display board in reception.