Are there any Breathing Places near you? If not, and you can find a few willing volunteers to help out, you could establish your own.

There is a step-by-step guide on the BBC website to identifying a possible location and ideas on what you could do such as plant a copse or meadow or simply clear up an area and make it wildlife friendly.


You don’t need to live in the country – your site could be a spare piece of land at the end of your street, some unused land at your local school or the grounds of a community centre. The Breathing Places website includes a step-by-step guide on how to go about it.

If that sounds too much like hard work, then you could still make a difference.


The BBC has put together tips on how to Do One Thing – which could be anything from providing a home for a hedgehog to creating a wood pile or collecting seeds to sow. Depending on the time you have available, you can choose from simple, really simple or adventurous tasks.


There’s also a video to show you how to attract birds into your garden and help them to survive the cold winter ahead.

And here’s a great recipe to provide a gourmet treat for our feathered friends:

Melt some suet or lard in a pan and add your chosen ingredients – unsalted nuts, seeds, dried fruit and finely chopped bacon rind. Pour mixture into a suitable container such as a half coconut shell and hang it where you can see the birds enjoying their feast. But remember that salt is very bad for birds – so no KP salted peanuts in there 🙂






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