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So here in Ireland we should be celebrating Biodiversity week. Usually there would be lots of events on, but of course with lockdown things are postponed or cancelled. But we can still celebrated online. For me it is a week to celebrate our wonderful biodiversity. So I want to start with a celebration of garden biodiversity as it is right outside our door. Just by providing a little bit of wildness in our gardens we can provide homes for some wonderful creatures. (All the photographs below have been taken in my garden).
Our wildlife pond supports frogs, newts and damselflies to name just a few.
We have four nest just on our house alone – two starling nests, a swallow’s nest and one wren’s nest. The young starlings from one of the nests fledged over the weekend. Below are photos of the adults who have been very busy finding food.
Flowers – native and cultivated provide food for pollinators. More on bees on Wednesday world bee day.
Wildflower meadows and wilder areas provide homes for a myriad of insects, and the insects and the seeds of the flowers in turn, feed the birds and small mammals.
A little bit of wildness may also attract some mammals to the garden. We had a hare visit this weekend (photo on left taken by my son).
If you live in Ireland look out for online activities this week.
There is a Backyard Bioblitz from May 22nd – 24th
There is a #LoveNature campaign to share all the things you love about nature.
If you are outside Ireland check out the UN page on biodiversity day.
We are already half way through Ireland’s biodiversity week, and computer issues and work have meant that I am only now getting around post about it. Biodiversity Week, which runs from 17th to the 27th May 2018, aims to celebrate all of Ireland’s wonderful biodiversity and looks at connecting people with nature. There are lots of events, walls, talks and workshops.
There are many simple things you can do to connect with nature in your own garden. Since starting my garden here 13 years ago, one of my main aims has been to increase biodiversity.
Here are some of my tips.
- Plant trees. Fruit trees are a great option as they provide spring blossom for many pollinators and of course fruit later in the season.
- Plant flowers. I love native wildflowers and have flowers meadows as well as including wild flowers in my flowers beds and vegetable patch.
- Plant a hedge. We have blackbirds, and dunnocks nesting in our hedge this year.
- Dig a pond. Ponds attract frogs, newts and many aquatic insects including amazing dragonflies.
- Put up some bird, bat and solitary bee boxes.
- Get involved in some citizen science Programmes. This week the National Biodiversity Data Centre are encouraging everyone to send in their butterfly records.