Earthwatch Europe’s urban wildlife project Naturehood is embarking on a new campaign to encourage residents to take positive action for nature this autumn.
The ‘One Thing for Wildlife’ campaign will focus on the first Naturehood communities in Oxford and Swindon, encouraging them to make the most of the season before hibernation begins in earnest.
Many people associate acting for nature with the spring and summer months, and tend to spend less time outdoors once the autumn begins. But this is a crucial time to support wildlife.
Dr Tristan Pett, Research Manager for Naturehood, says: “The nights are drawing in, which means that now is the time to help local wildlife get ready for winter. The actions people take now can make a real difference to some of our favourite species, like sparrows and hedgehogs, and ensure they get the best possible start when spring comes.”
The Naturehood team will be promoting three key actions for wildlife during the autumn:
1. Installing homes for hedgehogs
2. Putting up nesting boxes for sparrows
3. Providing homes for insects using leaf piles, log piles and compost heaps.
Chloë Dalglish and Joanna Morris are the Community Engagement Officers for Oxford and Swindon. They will be spreading the word and supporting local residents with our top recommended actions for the autumn at regular drop-in sessions in their Naturehoods until the Christmas break.
The Oxford drop-ins will take place with Chloë on Wednesday afternoons in Flo’s – The Place in the Park, starting on 23 October. In Swindon, Joanna will be hosting drop-ins every Tuesday afternoon at Penhill Café, John Moulton Hall, from 29 October.