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

Cease or limit the use of pesticides

Cease or limit the use of pesticides
There are health and safely arguments for the use of pesticides on railway tracks and along public pavements. Outside this, a culture has developed where we use them to tidy up our natural world. It is hard to justify the need to use pesticides in our gardens, local communities or along roadsides unless lines of sight are being impacted or measures are needed to control invasive species. By embracing nature in its slightly untidy beauty we would both save money and pass on a richer and more diverse landscape for future generations. (Unnecessary spraying looks ugly too. Photograph: Liam Lysaght).