Make a difference this festive season

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Have an eco friendly Christmas

Whether you celebrate a big family Christmas, or you just give out a few cards to your friends and neighbours to wish them a happy time, read our quick tips for a greener Christmas!

Get outdoors this Christmas!

Spending time outdoors during the holidays is good for your health. Here are some ideas to help you get out and about this festive season. Read below for places to visit and activities to keep all the family entertained.

Wildlife walks

The Christmas holiday is a great time for getting out for a walk. You could visit one of our Nature Reserves, The Hollies near the Stiperstones is synonymous with Christmas due to the masses of red berries seen on the trees. Find a Nature Reserve near you!

Things to look out for at this time of year include large flocks of geese, thrushes and starlings. If you’re walking at dusk you may even be lucky enough to see a starling murmuration, where large numbers of them swoop through the sky together in mesmerising patterns before settling down to roost for the night.

Winter is a great time for seeking footprints in the mud (or snow, if we get some more!). Can you spot the distinctive shape of a rabbit jump, or the footprints of a fox? Or take a look at the night sky can you learn to identify some star constellations – Orion and The Plough are good examples. It is thought that some birds use the stars to help them navigate during migration.

Perhaps you can event spot some early signs of the season changing, now that the shortest day is passed – an early tree bud, or a snowdrop starting to grow.

Wildlife gardening

If you are planning time in the garden, try to resist the temptation to cut back all those dead flower stems - they could be being used as a winter safe house by garden-friendly insects such as lacewings or ladybirds. Instead why not make some time to create a log pile for newts, toads and frogs to hide. This could also be the ideal thing to give your Christmas tree a new purpose in the New Year. Remove its branches and saw the trunk into logs. Then pile your logs and place your branches on top.

Another activity that will keep you warm whilst in the garden is raking up any fallen leaves. If you chop them up and put them in a corner of your garden, you’ll have some useful leaf-mould that your pots and borders will love in 2020. Or if cold weather’s too much, you could always order some wildflower seeds online to create your own mini-meadow next year – the bees and butterflies will thank you for it.

Take look at some other garden projects for the winter using the links below

Look after wildlife

If you support wildlife this winter through providing some extra food, they’ll reward you with frequent visits – giving you something to view even on the coldest of days. Like us, birds have varied tastes, so if you put up a mix of foodstuffs, you’re sure to attract the largest variety.

Fat balls and grated hard cheese to provide a good source of energy for birds, and left over apples and pears are a hit with blackbirds and thrushes. Seeds especially nyjer seeds are popular with finches and peanuts are loved by woodpeckers and nuthatches. Don’t forget to leave some food on the ground too, for robins and dunnocks.

In warmer spells hedgehogs sometimes wake for a brief spell and move locations; you could buy dedicated hedgehog food to leave out just in case or supply cat or dog food made from white meat.

Whilst not the most exciting job – certainly one that will benefit your feathered friends is cleaning your bird feeders. Warm water and weak disinfectant is all that’s required to keep your feeding areas healthy and safe.

Find out more using the links below:

Attend an event

We have events for all ages taking place this festive season, have a look below or visit our whats on pages.