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Nature and wildlife advice from Green Dorset

Many factors including pollution, habitat loss and the effects of climate change are leading to a decline in biodiversity in the UK and around the world.

Our network of great British gardens have the potential to support a thriving wildlife community. Careful shopping choices too can limit the impact on wildlife and habitats.              

Quick and free

  • take your litter home - don't let it spoil the scenery or harm wildlife  
  • choose peat-free products - British peat bogs store carbon, prevent flooding and are home to important plants and wildlife, including the insect-eating sundew
  • avoid microbeads - some health and beauty products contain tiny plastic beads. Microbeads and their toxins are ingested by marine wildlife and are even found in seafood for human consumption. Check for polyethylene or polypropylene in the ingredients list
  • protect forests - deforestation is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions and habitat loss. Choose wood, timber and paper products that carry the Forest Stewardship Council mark indicating ensures that forests are responsibly managed
  • welcome wildlife - leave a corner of your garden unmown.  Long grass and native plants are great for insects and amphibians

Further steps

Make your garden wildlife-friendly:

  • provide food and nesting sites of birds in your garden
  • add a log pile.  Dead and decaying wood supports a wide range of invertebrates
  • create a water feature to attract aquatic insects and amphibians. Alternatively, a marshy area will encourage biodiversity and be safer for children
  • contact Dorset Wildlife Trust for more advice on wildlife-friendly gardening

Volunteer in the countryside:

  • join a local volunteer group
  • take part in a beach clean
  • organise a local litter pick

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