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

Introduce biodiversity friendly mowing

Introduce biodiversity friendly mowing
Many a husband across Ireland has asked us for this in writing! Regularly mown grass looks neat but is a green desert for biodiversity. Cutting less often allows wildflowers to grow and provide important food for our insects, especially pollinators. Identify some areas where you don’t begin mowing until after the 15th April and then cut on a 6 weekly rotation. Not cutting until mid-April allows Dandelions to flower but not set seed. Cutting at the end of May and not again until mid-late July will increase the growth of important wildflowers like Clover, Selfheal, Cuckooflower and Bird’s-foot-trefoil. (A biodiversity friendly mowing regime can look good too. Photograph: Liam Scott).