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Lending Nature a Hand

Written by Redrow

5 Nov 2020

Earlier this year Redrow launched a new nature friendly plan, in partnership with the charity The Wildlife Trusts, to enhance our homeowners’ connections with wildlife and protect and encourage nature where we build.

What we stand for

We enjoy a long-standing partnership with The Wildlife Trusts, which underpins our commitment to embrace biodiversity on all our developments. Our new strategy will see us supporting both existing and new nature trails so wildlife, including hedgehogs and barn owls, can move freely through developments and the wider environment. Our aim is to inspire communities to connect with nature, so they can benefit from all the joys that the great outdoors can bring, such as improving our mental health and wellbeing.

To help you do your part to protect wildlife near where you live this winter, we’ve included some wildlife garden ideas in this article on how you can support our native species such as hedgehogs and birds through the colder months and creating your own wildlife garden. From making your own hedgehog house to planting a holly tree (as berries are a favourite food source for birds), to making your own suet and seed bird feeder, to providing a bird bath for drinking and bathing (but remember to keep it unfrozen).

Creating a bird feeder

To create the perfect bird feeder you will need:

• Dried out pine or fur cones

• Suet or Lard

• Variety of bird seeds

• Peanuts and Raisins

• Grated Cheese

Instructions:

1. Warm up but don’t melt the suet/lard. Cut it up into small pieces and put it in the mixing bowl.

2. Add the other ingredients of your choice to the bowl. Mix them together with your fingertips until the fat holds the squidgy mess together.

3. Loop the string around the top of the cones. Then pack the sticky bird mix around the cones with your hands, creating a ball shape.

4. Put your cones in the fridge for an hour or so. After that, they’ll be ready to hang up.

Understand the basic principles of a hedgehog home

Now is the perfect time to make your hedgehog home ready in time for late autumn when hedgehogs are house-hunting. Every hedgehog house should have a large compartment which is insulated from cold and heat, with a smaller entrance corridor which will keep your hedgehogs safe from badgers, dogs or other predators. Once built, place it in a quiet part of your garden, preferably against a wall or fence. Make sure the entrance to the house does not face North or North East, thus avoiding the cold winter winds. Leave some extra clean bedding materials in a bundle by the ‘front door’ for the hedgehog to freshen up the home for themselves!

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