11 January 2016
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Did you know that the UK has lost over 500 UK species in the last 200 years? This decline in wildlife is mainly a result of climate change and habitat loss.

Red admiral butterfly – one of our most well-known butterflies and a frequent visitor to our gardens

The UK is quite a crowded place with more and more buildings, houses and roads popping up all over the country. We’ve created barriers for the wildlife around us and a lot of species have been restricted from moving from place to place. But we can make a difference; wildlife can live happily alongside us.

That’s why we’re calling on YOU to help create safe spaces for our most precious local wildlife. By linking one wildlife friendly space to another you’ll be creating wildlife corridors. These habitat highways will enable birds, mammals, amphibians and insects to move around more easily to find food, shelter and a mate.

Learn more about why it’s important to link habitats together, here.

No matter how big or small your garden is, with some small changes you can create a friendly space for local wildlife.

Don’t worry if you haven’t taken part in anything like this before; you don’t require any previous skills or expert knowledge on the different species of wildlife. You just need enthusiasm to help protect our local wild animals and plants.

We’ll provide you with plenty of hints and tips along the way about how to create your own wildlife friendly space, as well as insights from wildlife experts, why it’s important to record wildlife and how you can do it yourself.

Before you start making any changes to your garden or local green space, why not practice your wildlife spotting skills by reading our Winter Wildlife blog, here; these are just some of the types of species you might be able to see around you at this time of year. Don’t forget to record your findings too.

We also want to hear from you – tell us what wildlife you see and if you create a wildlife friendly space tell us what you’ve done so we can record it on our map. You’ll be able to see how well connected we become – and don’t forget to send in your animal photos too!