Explains how you can help wildlife and how to create and fund a wildlife area.
Everyone can help wildlife and get involved in the East Riding of Yorkshire Biodiversity Action Plan (ERYBAP), whether you are an expert, an amateur naturalist or an interested member of the public. You do not have to be a member of an organisation, but organisations can get involved. There are a number of ways to get involved. Here are just a few:
Whether you are an individual, a group, an organisation or a company, you can join the Biodiversity Partnership and play your part. This may just entail receiving updates on what is happening in the area, or it may involve you or your group carrying out actions in your area towards ERYBAP targets. For more information, please email email@example.com.
We can all help wildlife at home by doing a few simple things in our gardens, such as leaving a corner to go wild, providing nest boxes, digging a pond or feeding the birds. You can also try to avoid using chemical pesticides in favour of natural alternatives and stop using peat-based composts that can lead to the destruction of peat bog habitats.
Record what species you see, when and where you saw it and how many there were and send this information to the North East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre (NEYEDC) so the data can be added to many other sightings and build up the picture of the area’s wildlife. Click on the link below to contact the NEYEDC and record which species you have seen:
Contact us - NEYEDC (external website)
Volunteer with a conservation group and do some practical work to manage a habitat. The Trust for Conservation Volunteers (TCV), the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and other organisations all run practical volunteer days where you can get fit, meet people and do your bit.
Read more about volunteering in the countryside.
Why not create a wildlife area at work if there is space or try and get your company to manage the site with wildlife in mind? Put up bat boxes, feed the birds or plant berry and fruit bearing bushes. Have team away days doing practical conservation work. As a team, company or office, do sponsored events in aid of wildlife charities.
There are lots of local wildlife, countryside or naturalist groups in the East Riding that can help you develop your wildlife skills and allow you to get involved in practical conservation. The following groups are all members of the Biodiversity Partnership and can be contacted if you want to get involved in your local area.
Beverley Friends of the Earth (external website)
British Dragonfly Society (external website)
BTCV Hull and East Yorkshire (external website)
Butterfly Conservation Yorkshire (external website)
East Yorkshire Bat Group (external website)
East Yorkshire Chalk Rivers Trust (external website)
Flamborough Bird Observatory (external website)
Friends of Mires Beck Nursery (external website)
Friends of Oakhill (external website)
Friends of the Sugar Mill Ponds (external website)
Hull Naturalists (external website)
Hull Valley Wildlife Group (external website)
South Holderness Countryside Society (external website)
Spurn Bird Observatory Trust (external website)
Thorne and Hatfield Moors Conservation Forum (external website)
Yorkshire Mammal Group (external website)
Yorkshire Naturalists' Union (external website)
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (external website)
It can be surprisingly easy to create a wildlife area; even just a small area of land such as the corner of a playing field can provide benefits for biodiversity.
Native plant species are always favoured for biodiversity, but some amenity plants can also be of benefit. Planting different species of tree, shrub and flowering plants provides nectar and other food sources through the year. Bees and other insects, which may be in decline, will gain from nectar or pollen-rich plants such as honeysuckle. Planting night-scented flowers, such as jasmine, will attract insects for bats to feed on.
Try not to use chemical weed killers or pesticides. Chemical free management tends to be better for wildlife including insects, which in turn provides a food resource for other birds and animals.
A well-developed shrub bed or hedge provides nest sites for birds and shelter for wildlife such as hedgehogs. Berry bearing trees and shrubs, such as rowan, will provide a food source for birds in the autumn and into winter.
GRANTnet is a straightforward, free to use service that can help small businesses, charitable and community groups to find suitable funding.
Presented in the format of an online, step-by-step questionnaire, GRANTnet enables you to identify and select only funding schemes and awards that are appropriate for your project. The information on GRANTnet comprises of over 5,000 funding schemes that are available in the UK from European and national sources, directed at the public, private, charitable, and voluntary and community sectors. Follow the link to read more about grants and funding.