Guarding a Place for Nature
We are delighted to announce the launch of our autumn campaign, A Wild Autumn with Abbeyfield. The campaign is themed around autumn wildlife, giving residents, staff and friends of Abbeyfield the opportunity to explore and learn a bit more about your outdoor space and the weird and wonderful creatures that reside there.
We want to help celebrate, protect and encourage garden wildlife at your house, home or community. Whatever sort of outdoor space you have, we'd love to see you use it to create a safe and hospitable place for wildlife.
The United Kingdom stands as one of the most ecologically depleted nations globally. According to the WWF, despite nature's resilient struggle for survival, over 14% of native species are on the brink of extinction, and more than 40% are experiencing a decline in their populations.
Biodiversity – the range of wildlife in your garden – is important to protect the environment in which we live. Without the incredible variety of animals and plants, we could not have a healthy ecosystem to provide us with the air we breathe and the food we eat. Food-producing pollinators, soil-enriching bugs and oxygen-giving plants are all essential for our physical health, while a diverse and colourful outdoor space can also do wonders for one’s mental health.
In a bid to highlight the depletion of wildlife in the UK and improve biodiversity in our gardens, we chose wildlife as our theme.
Abbeyfield houses and homes come in a whole array of shapes and sizes, as do the spaces surrounding them. Some of our services have grand, landscaped gardens, perfect for parties and fêtes; others have a small courtyard with a more intimate feel, ideal for relaxing with a cuppa; and all are home to a great variety of wildlife, with creatures great and small.
Whatever outdoor space you have to enjoy, there are many activities you can get involved in to discover something new on your doorstep, encourage animals, birds and insects to move in, and get creative around the theme of wildlife.
Build a safe haven
One likely way to encourage wildlife to take up residence in your garden is to give them a home that is suited to their needs – much like we provide for our residents. We’ve picked five animal homes and feeders that you might want to create, with instructions included.
Plant a seed
Although some may think of autumn as a time when wildlife begins to shut down for the winter, your outdoor space will still be teeming with life.
It could be the perfect time to plant new trees, shrubs, climbers, flowers and hedges, as they will have all winter to establish themselves, giving them a great chance of beating the spring frosts.
You may be able to join in with a seed-gathering event in your local area for Seed Gathering Season. You could gather tree seeds in preparation for planting next year, or fruit and nuts to add something tasty to your meals. The Tree Council provides some top tips for seed gathering and some useful free guides to download for identifying different seeds.
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