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5 top tips to help wildlife this winter

PUBLISHED: 11:41 02 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:41 02 December 2014

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How you can help protect wildlife in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire this winter

1 Make sure small mammals and reptiles have access to your garden by ensuring there is room for them to come in and out. Leave small gaps in or under your fencing or hedge.

2 Don’t burn Guy Fawkes and garden bonfires without checking there’s nothing nesting inside! Instead of bagging your leaves this autumn, collect them into a pile to make a home for hibernating hedgehogs.

3 Leave dead wood around, or better still, dig it into the soil. It’s good for beetles and other specialist beneficial insects, fungi and mosses.

4 Allow ivy to grow on tree trunks – it’s a late source of autumn nectar for insects, late winter fruit for birds and provides good cover for hibernating bats.

5 Make sure birds and mammals have access to water in the event of a big freeze.

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