I would like to connect with other Burbage people who are interested in wildlife-friendly gardening and/or who want to help make Burbage a haven for wildlife.
As well as turning my own garden into a pesticide-free wildlife-friendly zone I have persuaded Burbage Parish Council to join the Hedgehog Awareness Scheme and to try leaving un-mown strips in some parks, and they have promised that they don’t use any neonicotinoids on their land.
I have also asked the Environment Agency to survey Sketchley Brook to see what can be done to reverse the silting up and accumulation of debris and bankside growth, and I hope we can organise a clear up party.
Some suggestions of other things we can do are:
- manage some or all of our own gardens as wildlife-friendly areas
- tell our friends and neighbours what we are doing
- put pictures and stories about our gardens on social media
- write to local papers about the need to protect wildlife
- write/email/tweet to Burbage Parish Council to praise them for their positive actions
- write/email/tweet to Burbage Parish Council to complain about their negative actions (like obsessive edge-to-edge mowing in parks, destruction of hedgerows, and weedkiller spraying, all in the name of ‘neatness’)
- use the parish council’s ‘suggestions box’ to suggest improvements
- write/email/tweet to Royal Mail to complain about the rubber bands their posties drop (because they kill and injure hedgehogs and other wildlife)
- go out and pick up litter, especially harmful stuff like rubber bands, hair bands, four-pack plastic loops, bottles, ring pulls and cans
- ask the candidates for the Burbage Parish Council election in July what they will do to protect our wildlife and its habitats
If you are a wildlife champion and you want to be part of the initiative which makes Burbage the leading parish in Leicestershire for biodiversity please email firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂
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