Whether you have a small garden, 10,000 hectares of farmland or you are interested in making the development in your town better for nature there is something in this section for you.
If you have some land that you would like to encourage wildlife on, get ideas and find out where to start here.
It is usually a good idea to see what you already have before undertaking any management or alteration of a habitat. Otherwise you could end up removing rare or scarce species without even realising it! Some habitats, such as grassland or woodland, might need more in-depth surveys than a ploughed field to find out what’s living there – although seemingly ‘nature poor’ areas such as brownfield sites can support a whole host of wildlife. The Lincolnshire Environmental Records Centre may also hold relevant sightings of wildlife that can be used to inform any decisions.
Once you know what you have on your land, you need to think about what you would like to see on your land. There is no single answer to enhancing the value of land for wildlife; different animals and plants like different things. For example, if you wanted to encourage butterflies you could concentrate on providing nectar sources and the foodplants they like. If you would love to see dragonflies zipping around on a summer’s afternoon, a pond or lake is a must.
The next biggest step in encouraging wildlife on your land is adapting what you want to what you have – a management plan sets out what aspects of the site can be managed and the objectives to be achieved over the coming years. Although management plans can be time consuming to produce, they are invaluable for sustainable management. A professional ecological consultant can work with you to produce a management plan if you don’t have the time or the knowledge to produce one yourself.
Important things to think about when developing a management plan include how you’re going to do the work and who’s going to pay for it. If you have all the equipment, know-how and money to do it yourself – great! If not, there are a number of different sources of funding that you may be eligible for and professional ecological consultants will be able to help. Depending on the wildlife you have on your land, there may also be restrictions on when and how you can go about modifying a site – again professional ecological consultants will be able to provide advice.