Some creatures are pollinators, which means they can spread seeds and pollen on their bodies, or in their poo, to other areas and support the growth of the natural environment. Pollinators are vital for sustaining our ecosystem and are responsible for about a third of the food we eat! Observe your outdoor area for different native pollinators that come and visit and keep a visual record of what you see.
When you know the pollinators that like to visit, research the types of plants they enjoy or will attract them the most and design a garden just for them!
- Plants to attract bees and butterflies,
- Fruits and veggies for bats and birds to nibble on
- Flowers with nectar
- White flowering or nocturnal plants for moths to pollinate
- Shady places for small mammals to hide
- When you have designed your garden, go and plant it! Don’t forget to make a sign to alert others that this is a special place for pollinators, not people.