Ten ways to have a greener 2019

Hedgehog in grass by liukovmaksym for AdobeStock

Making small changes can make a big difference for wildlife and your wellbeing. Read our ten top tips for a greener 2019!

Take a digital detox

We love seeing your tweets and Facebook posts, but taking a break from digital devices can be a great way to slow down and appreciate the everyday beauty of the world around you.

Woman throwing phone onto the grass

Digital detox by Matthew Roberts

Volunteer with BBOWT

What could be better than helping the environment and your own wellbeing at the same time? Whatever your skills and interests, we've got a volunteering opportunity for you.

Find a volunteering opportunity

volunteering

Volunteer by Jess Gallagher

Dig a pond

Together, gardens in the UK make up an area of land bigger than all of the UK's nature reserves put together. Small changes in your garden can make a big difference for wildlife, and one of the best changes you can make is to add a pond.

Dig one in winter, and you'll be amazed how quickly it becomes busy with plants, insects and amphibians in spring.

Read our guide to digging a garden pond 

Wildlife pond

Pond by Anna Williams

Campaign for a Wilder Future

We are campaigning for strong laws to protect wildlife after the UK leaves the EU, with legally-binding targets to improve the environment and biodiversity. A new Environment Bill will be published in 2019. Now is the time to raise our voices on behalf of wildlife.

Find out more 

Hare in meadow in evening

Hare by David Tipling/2020VISION

Feed the birds

Feeding the birds - and keeping feeders clean - can make a huge difference for birds, especially during the colder months. 

If you buy your bird food from Vine House Farm Bird Foods, you'll be helping wildlife twice: 4% of every purchase made by a customer living in our area is donated to BBOWT.

Buy bird food from Vine House Farm 

 

Greenfinches on bird feeder

Greenfinches on bird feeder by Gillian Day

Encourage others to help their local wildlife

Thinking about a new job in the new year? We are looking for friendly, independent and self-motivated people of all ages to work with us and encourage members of the public to help local wildlife by joining the Wildlife Trust.

Find out more about becoming a Membership Recruiter

People

Take a friend for a walk in nature

A walk in nature can be wonderful for our wellbeing - in fact, just this year GPs in Shetland started prescribing bird watching and rambling for a range of ailments. Share the benefits by taking a friend or family member who needs a break - you'll make their day.

People on a rainy walk

Exploring in the rain by Matthew Roberts

Join BBOWT

The very best way to help local wildlife in 2019 is to join your local Wildlife Trust. We are the largest organisation in our area dedicated to local wildlife conservation. We can help nature recover, but we can't do it without the help of our wonderful members.

Find out more

Lapwing

Lapwing flock by Nick Upton/2020Vision

Make a hedgehog highway

Make a small hole, about the size of a CD, in the base of your fence, and encourage your neighbours to do the same. Hedgehogs have large territories which they roam looking for food.

When they wake up from hibernation in the spring, you might be lucky enough to see some new prickly visitors using their new hedgehog highway!

Baby hedgehog next to fence

Hedgehog by Gillian Day

Leave the car at home

Air pollution is a serious problem throughout the UK, and car emissions are a major contributor to climate change. If you can cycle or walk to work instead, not only will you be reducing your impact on the planet, but you'll also be able to take in more of our beautiful countryside and wildlife.

“A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorised tourists can in a hundred miles.” 

 

Edward Abbey

Cyclist in evening light

Cyclist by Ben Hall/2020VISION

 

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