How gardeners can help wildlife during the summer and beyond

It’s not just humans who have suffered from extreme temperatures in recent weeks. According to a wildlife charity, wildlife, including hedgehogs, hares, bats and badgers, may struggle with the harsh conditions this summer.

However, the impact of climate change on wildlife numbers is hardly known, says the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES). In August, he invites people to participate in wildlife surveys in and outside their gardens and during summer vacation, as well as offering some practical ways to help a variety of species.

“Recording wildlife day in and day out and year to year is key to its conservation,” says David Wimbridge, PTES’s Mammal Survey Coordinator. “Without this knowledge, we don’t know what’s going on and we can’t act to save wildlife.”

PTES is looking for volunteers across the UK to take part in two annual wildlife surveys: Living with Mammals (ptes.org/lwm) and Mammals on the Road (ptes.org/get-involved/surveys/road) which begins on 1 August and runs around the clock. general.

For living with mammals, volunteers are asked to record sightings of any wild mammals (or marks they leave behind, such as footprints or droppings) in a garden or local green space such as a park or allotment, by submitting weekly logs online.

PTES also wants to obtain records from further afield to monitor wildlife in our Rivne, where some of the largest declines are observed. With this in mind, people are asked to take part in the charity’s Mammals on Roads charity survey, by downloading the free app of the same name and recording any road trips and watching a road kill spotted along the way, whether from your car or camper or on your way to work.

“Nobody likes to see killing on the roads, but by counting casualties we can determine how populations are changing and, more importantly, where action needs to be taken to protect. Recording the road killings and the wildlife you see in your garden allows us to better understand our wild neighbors and help protect our wild neighbors,” Wimbridge explains. Most needed species.

Findings from mammalian coexistence form the basis of national reports, such as Britain’s 2022 Hedgehogs Report, published by PTES and the British Hedgehog Conservation Society in February, which indicated a more positive view of urban hedgehogs than previously thought and that numbers in urban areas may begin to recover after a decade-long decline.

The charity explains that such visions are based on long-term citizen science projects such as living with mammals and are vital for conservation.

In the 20-year history of the survey, the data also showed an increase in the numbers of muntjac being recorded, while a decrease was observed in the numbers of bats and rabbits. The numbers of gray foxes and squirrels have changed slightly.

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“Understanding how wild populations, such as those in urban hedgehogs, are changing is very important and without people’s help recording the species around them, we cannot begin to conserve and protect the natural world,” he adds.

PTES advises that there are other park-based ways everyone can help wildlife for the remainder of this summer as well.

1. Provide a shallow dish of water, which will benefit land-dwelling mammals such as hedgehogs and foxes, as well as birds, butterflies, and other insects.

2. Make sure there are shaded areas to provide some relief from the sun on hot days

3. Create a “Hedgehog Highway” – a 13cm x 13cm square hole (the size of a CD case) at the base of your fence or wall, connecting your garden to your neighbor’s plot.

4. If you have a pond, make sure there is a slope so that any wildlife entering can exit safely.

5. Create wooden mounds for invertebrates such as stag beetles.

To participate in Living with Mammals 2022 (and learn how to identify different mammals, from pines to polecats), visit: ptes.org/lwm.

To record the mammals on the go, search for Mammals on Roads on the App Store or Google Play. For more information, visit ptes.org/mor.