Biodiversity, short for biological diversity, is important to people in many ways. Plants, for instance, help humans by giving off oxygen. They also provide food, shade, construction material, medicines, and fibre for clothing and paper. The root system of plants helps prevent flooding. Plants, fungi, and animals such as worms keep soil fertile and water clean. As biodiversity decreases, these systems break down.
Top 10 Tips to Enhance Biodiversity
- Sow Seeds - watching the plants grow is a great way to relieve stress and remain mindful of your surroundings
- Plant up a container display - a pretty container display can really help to lift the spirits.
- Feed the birds - hang feeders in front of a window where you sit regularly, so you can watch the antics of the birds from your sofa
- Clean the green house - this will bring more light to tender seedlings growing inside.
- Install a water butt - wall-mounted water butts are a great way to save space.
- Build a raised bed - a raised bed makes growing vegetables easier, particularly if you have heavy soil.
- Plant wild flowers to attract bees.
- Build a bee hotel - A bee hotel provides nesting habitat for solitary bees such as red mason bees, which are on the wing from April to June, and leafcutter bees, which are flying from June to August.
- Grow houseplants - if you don’t have a garden, or can’t get into the garden, you can bring a touch of the outdoors, in.
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