Look after your local wildlife patch

WITH spring just around the corner, Northumberland Wildlife Trust is urging members of the public to pull on their warm clothes and help protect their local patch for wildlife.

One hundred years ago this July, Charles Rothschild, founder of the organisation known today as The Wildlife Trusts, scoured the UK countryside, supported by some of the country’s finest naturalists, looking for places worthy of protection.

His vision of protecting places for wildlife has shaped the development of the nature conservation movement as we know it throughout the UK.

Mike Pratt, Northumberland Wildlife Trust chief executive, wants people to be inspired about the future of their own local ‘patch’ so they value it, understand their relationship with it and act to protect it.

In this region we work with business, schools, community groups and other environmental organisations to manage land for wildlife,” he said.

“With natural habitats shrinking, gardens and gardeners have an ever increasing role to play in helping wildlife so please do your bit to protect your own little area.

“The weather is getting warmer, the nights are getting lighter, so why not do your bit for the wildlife in your local area?

“One hour a week for each individual is all it takes to ensure that your neighbourhood will be a thriving haven for wildlife well into the future.”

For more information, visit www.wildlifetrusts.org/yourlocaltrust and follow the links to Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s website.