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Biodiversity in freefall

Quick and easy ways your business can contribute to increasing biodiversity.

With a world leading study reporting an alarming decline of wildlife in the UK, every business has a role to play in increasing biodiversity.

Biodiversity planting

State of Nature, a detailed study by UK conservationists, shows that on average, species have dwindled by 19% in the UK over the last 50 years.

Startlingly, according to the publication, ‘the UK is now one of the most nature-depleted countries on Earth.’

While the UK government has set out ambitious targets to tackle the loss of biodiversity, conservation groups say more needs to be done to halt this decline.

Beccy Speight, chief executive of Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), said: “We need to move far faster as a society towards nature-friendly land and sea use, otherwise the UK’s nature and wider environment will continue to decline and degrade, with huge implications for our own way of life.”

But it’s not just policy makers that have a role to play in protecting our wildlife.

The scale of action required is huge, but every measure, no matter how small, can contribute to slowing down and in some cases reversing these statistics.

Exterior landscapes can be managed effectively to increase biodiversity and help respond to the crisis.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to improve biodiversity on your company’s premises.

Biodiversity planting

Outdoor planters, shrub beds and even green walls can all be used to attract wildlife to your site. By planting a range of species in different sizes, shapes, colours and fragrances you can attract a variety of wildlife and support a broader range of species. Plants that flower at different times of the year will also support the wider ecosystem.

Cut the coiffuring

Neatly mowed lawns are certainly easy on the eye and portray a message about your company. But in an earlier blog, we explain how a reduction in mowing activities can assist the creation of wildlife habitats. By setting aside an area for wildflower or allowing the grass to grow during the summer months, you can save money and slow the decline of species.

Rocks, logs and water to attract biodiversity

Small animals and insects will seek refuge in an old pile of logs. The damp and decaying wood makes the perfect habitat for woodlice, snails, frogs, mice and a whole host of wildlife. Locating your log pile in a shady area will accelerate the dampening of the wood. A sunny spot on the other hand will cause the logs to dry out, attracting bees and wasps.

These are just a few of the measures which can cheaply and easily be implemented on most business premises.

Find out how some of our clients are leading the way and helping to tackle the decline of biodiversity.

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