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Make next year twenty-eightgreen

  • With the New Year fast approaching, many people turn their thoughts to making New Year’s resolutions.
  • This year, why not consider adding some wildlife friendly changes to your list.
  • The RSPB has put together some alternative suggestions – that are good for you and for nature.

Are you thinking of giving up chocolate, crisps or fatty foods for New Year? Have you promised yourself at least two nights at the gym every week? If you’re busy considering your New Year resolutions, why not help wildlife at the same time says the RSPB.

Instead of the usual suggestions, the wildlife charity has put together its top five alternative New Year’s resolutions that are good for you and for nature.

  1. Get Outdoors

With the amount of time children and adults are spending outside in nature on the decline, the RSPB has launched a new online awards scheme, Wild Challenge.  Designed to get you and your family out and closer to the natural world, there are 30 activities to choose from that will take you from your own back garden to exploring towns, cities, woodlands and even the coast. To start your own wildlife adventure, visit: www.rspb.org.uk/wildchallenge

  1. Give nature a home
    Encouraging birds and other wildlife into your garden is simple – give them food, water and shelter!  Whether you have a large garden or a tiny urban courtyard, there are lots of ways you can give nature a home from feeding birds to growing flowers and creating a bug hotel to helping hedgehogs. Visit: www.rspb.org.uk/homes to find out more.
  2. Get to know five birds in your garden
    Have you ever wondered what that black and white bird is dashing across your lawn? How about that tiny bird with a very loud song? Why not take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, 27-29 January and find out more about your garden visitors. It only takes an hour and it’s a great opportunity to sit back and relax while you count and record the birds in your garden or local green space. Over half a million people take part every year and the results help us to find out what wildlife is in trouble. To get your FREE Big Birdwatch pack, which includes a bird ID chart, visit: www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch
  3. Volunteer
    You can volunteer for nature in hundreds of ways. The RSPB has more than 12,000 fantastic volunteers and between them, they contribute almost one million hours each year. Our volunteering roles can be tailored to your skills, interests and circumstances. You can get physical outside or help from the warmth of a visitor centre, cafe or office and whether you have an hour or a few days to spare, you can really help make a difference. Visit www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved to find an opportunity to suit you.
  4. Green your shopping basket

    If shopping is your thing, you can still help wildlife at the same time! We’ve put together some top tips to help.

  • Buying fruit and vegetables in season will not only be cheaper and more readily available, it means they won’t have travelled so far, cutting down on those “food miles”.
  • Cut down on meat. Many people are now making the choice to eat less meat due to environmental issues. When you do buy meat look for those which are produced to higher environmental standards.
  • Eat healthy – this can be great for the planet too! Cutting back on processed food, which requires extra energy to produce, is also better for you.
  • Buy wisely. Try and avoid unnecessary packaging. Look for products with less packaging. Products with no packaging, such as loose fruit and veg, are even better.
  • Look for more nature friendly food. This might be certified organic or other labels such as Fair to Nature, Leaf or Pasture Fed. Farms which earn these labels are going the extra mile for wildlife.

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