You do not have to be part of a group or organisation to get involved in biodiversity! Below are a few suggestions as to how individuals can get involved in the BAP process:
Lobby effectively to the government via their local MP, district authority and local authority for increased protection for priority habitats and species.
Try wildlife gardening
Wildlife gardening is very rewarding and you get the opportunity to watch wildlife close up in your own garden.
- Use home-made compost or peat free products instead of peat. Peat bogs are amongst some of our most threatened habitats and are home to many rare and endangered species. Peat extraction threatens the future of these habitats.
- Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has a series of information sheets on wildlife gardening, available on their website and a book 'Wildlife Gardening'.
Stop using slug pellets and other chemicals, switch instead to more environmentally friendly methods. Pesticides may kill bees and ladybirds which are beneficial in the garden. Hints on organic gardening can be found on the Garden Organic
Put up bird and bat boxes and encourage climbing plants to grow up walls and fences to provide places for birds to nest. Information on boxes, including design and where to put them can be found on the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust website.
- Compost your kitchen and garden waste. This reduces the amount of rubbish that ends up in landfills and creates opportunity for wildlife in your garden. Compost heaps can make excellent places for grass snakes and other reptiles to nest as well as places for amphibians to hibernate.
- Create a garden pond and you will increase the amount of wildlife that visits your garden. If you put small log and rubble piles near a pond that will provide hibernation habitat for amphibians.
- Leave some 'wild' areas in your garden. Nettles are good for butterflies, especially the peacock, small tortoiseshell and red admiral.
- Liaise with neighbours to create wildlife garden schemes that run over several gardens.
- Join a local conservation organisation or group. There are plenty of local groups in Derbyshire. Alternatively you can join a national conservation organisation.
- If you have children, or grandchildren encourage them to join Watch, the junior branch of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, which currently has 1,500 members. There are currently 7 Watch groups in the county at Chesterfield, Elvaston Castle, Losehill Hall, Matlock Bath, Sett Valley, Shipley Country Park and Rosliston Forestry Centre. For further information on Watch Groups contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Send in records of wildlife you have seen, especially of BAP species.