Each individual can make a small difference helping wildlife.
The British climate after the New Year grew teeth with hard frosts and a climate that sent my mood crashing into the hard ground. As I eat breakfast I visit the places I planted spring bulbs in my garden, a mood of anticipation like a child waiting for sweets. I watch the slowly emerging green shoots with near religious fervor, wishing, nay praying, their flowering would drive the cold jagged beast of winter away.
The foxes every night emerge with noisy announcements, fighting and marking out their territories whilst pursuing a mate. One fox includes my garden in its large territory, then circles its kingdom of many gardens with its vocal calls from sunset to deep into the night. I have seen the fox, but it is too dark to see if this is Amber, a fox I have not seen for many months.
The wild birds have returned to the garden, fighting for food, they are hungry. The time of winter through to the end of the nesting season in June is a time when wild birds in the UK need the help of humans for food. Regardless of where one lives, with wisdom, the little creatures appreciate the kindness, so food is always available in the feeding stations; I replace fresh water or break the ice of the water bowls to help birds so they can wash and drink from them.
Today I purchased a nest box which I shall soon put up. Human development rarely acts in harmony with nature so that yearly the potential nesting sites grow less for wild birds forcing them to nest in such areas as the metal ashtrays of the communal flats in Colchester. Birds appreciate nesting boxes if located with wisdom away from predatory interference.
Small acts of kindness for the wild animals in our gardens and community takes little effort but has a huge impact on the lives of the animals that benefit. It is worth thinking how you could help an animal and impact their little lives in a positive big way.