The coldest months of the year can be a challenging time for birds, hedgehogs, squirrels and other wildlife.
Every winter between one and two thousand wild animals are brought into RSPCA wildlife centres suffering from dehydration, hunger and cold. As a result, the charity is giving nature lovers some great tips on how to help. Here are seven simple things you can do to try and reduce these casualties:
- Make your garden wildlife-friendly. Leave undisturbed ‘wild’ areas in your garden and provide piles of leaves or brushwood as nests for hedgehogs to rest and hibernate in.
- If you have a frozen pond, make sure you check it every day for ice, as toxic gases can build up in the water of a frozen pond and kill fish or frogs. If a pond freezes over, carefully place a saucepan of hot water on the surface to gently melt a hole in the ice…
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