We know you love wildlife, but could you be doing more to encourage others to share your passion? After all, if every nature enthusiast could convince just one person to do more to help the UK's animals, it could make a big difference.
Some interesting statistics on this subject were recently revealed in an RSPB survey.The organisation found 73 per cent of people with an outdoor space as part of their home haven't spoken to a neighbour about how they could lend wildlife a helping hand. This is despite 75 per cent saying they think it is important to encourage animals into their garden.
When asked how often they have shared advice on how to help wildlife that is currently in their garden over the past 12 months, 47 per cent of people said 'never', while a further 14 per cent had not done so in the last year.
The RSPB highlighted Starlings, Toads, Hedgehogs and Butterflies as some of the familiar creatures whose numbers could be boosted if people take steps to make their gardens more appealing habitats.
How can you help?
So, what can you do to encourage others to lend wildlife a helping hand? Perhaps the first course of action should be to make people aware of the need for action. Many people simply don't know that seemingly common species such as Starlings, House Sparrows and Hedgehogs are actually declining. Once they are aware of the problems facing these species, there's a good chance your neighbours may be willing to do more to make their gardens wildlife friendly. Of course, you don't want people to think you're lecturing them, but by raising the issue in the right way, you might get a positive response.
If your neighbours seem willing to help out wildlife, why not give them suggestions about how they can do so? This could range from advising them on what sort of food is best for a particular species of bird, to which sort of plants they should add to the garden to make it appealing to animals. If you get on well with your neighbours, this could even evolve into a good chance to socialise, as you meet up to discuss the wildlife you've seen in your gardens and think of new ideas to give nature a helping hand.
While humans do much to make life difficult for wildlife, we can also do plenty to give nature a helping hand. Success stories such as the recovery of the Red Kite are a perfect example of what can be achieved when people work together to protect animals and the environments they live in.
Even if it's as simple as encouraging someone to put out bird food in their garden, spreading your passion to others could have a big impact on the future of the UK's wildlife.