Nature responds quickly when land is managed in a way that is more favourable to biodiversity. Everyone who manages land, whether is be a small garden, a large farm or public spaces, can greatly improve the landscape for biodiversity, by making small changes. Here are 10 easy ways that our local environment can be improved to make space for biodiversity

Leave grassland unfertilised

Leave grassland unfertilised
Grasses are aggressive and will outcompete wildflowers in fertile soil. If you’re a horse farmer you know this and encourage the mix of the two. For others, where small areas of land can be taken out production they should be left unfertilised to increase the growth of wildflowers. Wild flowers provide food for our pollinators and other insects, including those that keep crop pests under control. Birds and mammals will feed both on the fruits and seeds of the wildflowers as well as on the insects they support (Devil's-bit-scabious growing in profusion in an unfertilised field. Photograph: Liam Lysaght).