Constantine Cornwall

How can we make space for nature?

Spring is well underway and we have hopefully been able to spend more time outdoors enjoying the birds singing, the bees buzzing and the flowers blooming. However, without our help these natural wonders will become steadily become poor imitations of themselves as across Cornwall and the UK they are facing alarming declines due to pollution, habitat loss and climate change. Perhaps you have already noticed that there are fewer sparrows and swallows around since you were younger, or less bees visiting your flowers? 

Our gardens have the potential to be mini nature reserves – by just making a few simple changes, they can become places where wildlife thrives. Food, water and shelter are the top priorities. Here are some top tips for creating a wildlife friendly garden of any size. 

Provide water – Water is one of the most important resources you can offer, it will be gratefully used by birds, insects and even amphibians. If you have space, dig a pond and even if you have a very small space, an old washing up bowl filled with rainwater will soon attract visitors like pond skaters and damselflies. 

Make a deadwood pile – Dead and decaying wood is almost as important to wildlife as living wood. It provides shelter for amphibians and reptiles. If in sun, logs provide nesting habitat for some types of solitary bee, while if in shade and partially buried, dead wood pro- vides nesting habitat for some types of beetle. 

Plant for pollinators – Fortunately, there is a great variety of beautiful flowers and shrubs which provide much needed nectar for bees and butterflies. Nectar rich varieties will attract colourful displays and reward your efforts. Try to reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides as these are particularly harmful to bees. 

Other ideas include building a bat or bird box, opening up a gap in your fence for hedgehogs, leaving areas of long grass and of course feeding the birds. There are no rules, simply do as much as you want and have room for. Gardens take up more space than all of our nature reserves put together, so whatever you do will make a difference! 

Antonia Mullaly, Transition

Trees for the planet 

Transition Constantine has been part of a group in Falmouth which raised money to save thousands of new oak saplings from being mulched. 

We are now offering these to people in the Parish for free. Anyone who has room in their garden, or on their land, for a tree or for a few trees, please contact Sandra Boreham, 01326 341493 as soon as possible. It would be good to get them in the ground as soon as we can.