Ecosystem Actions

Get involved by carrying out an ‘Ecosystem Action’ in your local area.
These are positive and achievable actions that can make a real difference to the health of our natural ecosystems.
To help make things a little easier we have identified a number of Ecosystem Actions to get you started.  Good luck!

Nurture your nettles

Nurture your nettles

Stinging nettles may cause us irritation but they are great for wildlife, particularly butterflies, ladybirds and bees. So rather than trample them remember that many species rely on them for food and protection. And they are good for us too!

Build log piles and leave dead wood

Build log piles and leave dead wood

Lots of wildlife makes its home in dead wood, and other animals use it as a source of food. A pile of logs simulates fallen trees and is an essential habitat in a wildlife garden. Choose a quiet shady site where the logs can decay naturally.

Plant native trees and shrubs

Plant native trees and shrubs

By planting a tree, you'll help many future generations of wildlife. If you don’t have a garden, you can plant one in a container. Choose native species such as silver birch, hawthorn, or holly.

Create a backyard bog garden

Create a backyard bog garden

If you have young children and are worried about building a pond, create a bog garden instead. Native plants like purple loosestrife and marsh marigolds love boggy ground and these will attract bees and a host of other insects too.

Volunteer for a conservation work party or holiday

Volunteer for a conservation work party or holiday

Joining a conservation work party for a day or a week can be hugely rewarding and as well as helping with vital conservation work you will make new friends, feel healthier and have fun!

Make new pond for Million Ponds Project

Make new pond for Million Ponds Project

Britain has lost 80% of its natural ponds so you can really help frogs, newts, toads, dragonflies and other aquatic insects by building a pond in your garden or local area as part of the Pond Conservation's Million Ponds Project.

Create or restore a native hedge

Create or restore a native hedge

Hedgerows provide important habitat for a diversity of wildlife. They form natural corridors linking habitats together as well as providing nest sites for birds and a good food source. Hedges also harbour insects and provide a home for small mammals.

Transform some land into a wildlife haven

Transform some land into a wildlife haven

Thousands of plots of land around our towns and cities are commonly referred to as 'waste' ground. Whilst some are great for wildlife, many aren't but they could be with the help of your community. Imagine having a wildlife refuge on your doorstep.

Campaign for 'Green Bridges'

Campaign for 'Green Bridges'

'Green bridges' allow animals to safely cross major roads and motorways that would otherwise present a physical barrier or often fatal hazard and prevent them from moving between habitats or establishing new territories.

Restore wildlife corridors on your own land

Restore wildlife corridors on your own land

'Wildlife corridors' such as hedges, belts of trees and uncultivated land physically link isolated wildlife habitats  allowing species to move between them. Landowners and farmers working together can play a major role in this 'joined up' conservation.

Ecological restoration project

Ecological restoration project

Landscape-scale restoration projects initiated by communities provide the means for groups of individuals to reverse ecological degradation caused by human activities and re-create genuinely wild areas. Anything is possible.