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Site 5 kibo garden

  1. 1. Site 5 Kibo Garden Bug Hotel Wood piles for bugs & small mammals Why put up bird feeders? The natural nest sites on which many of our bird species depend, such as holes in trees and buildings, are fast disappearing as gardens and woods are ‘tidied’ and old houses are repaired. A bird box can be a real help to garden birds- an estimated 2 million fledglings are reared in nest boxes each year. Since National Nest Box Week was launched in 1997, thousands of enthusiastic naturalists across the UK have put up boxes to compensate for this loss. It is estimated that there are now 5-6 million boxes in gardens across the UK. It is a wonderful feeling to see a blue tit or robin investigating a nest box you put up yourself. Why install nest boxes? Since the 1930s almost half of this natural habitat has been lost to modern agriculture and lifestyle practices. The good news however, is that we do not have to fill our gardens with logs and trees to provide this habitat. A small pile of logs can support a multitude of insects, provide a hunting ground for small mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and shelter for hibernating wildlife. A small pile of logs can quickly become a flourishing habitat. We can attract beneficial insects and other creatures into our garden and add garden biodiversity by creating a bug hotel. Where to site the site the hotel was important as some insects like cool damp area while others prefer the sun. To cater for as many as possible it is sited where some of it will catch the sun and the rest is in shade. Ricoh Eco Ninjas took up NNBW challenge in Feb 2010 and put up 13 Robin 27 Blue tit boxes 3 Bug hotels 1 Bat Box around the site. Providing food, nest boxes, nesting materials, water and natural habitat can attract birds to our backyards, giving us much nicer views of them, and when done properly, making life easier for the birds. Attracting birds is also a great way to introduce young people to nature, and it’s something the whole family can share. Having a bird-friendly garden has never been more important- more and more wildlife habitats in the UK are in private hands and an average of 2.1 million acres each year are converted for residential use. Supporting Amphibians Amphibians play a vital role in ecosystems as they serve as both important predator and prey. In the Kibo garden means of supporting these amphibians has been set up. A freshwater tadpole pond containing large Lilly pads and plant life has been set up in order for frogs to spawn. In addition to this, a newt hotel has been set up to provide shelter and warmth during the winter months. Ashlee Savage R1785

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