Wildlife corridors

An easy quick way to aid nature recovery is to create a wildlife corridor which is a route connecting places. We know that all sorts of creatures don’t stay put but instead travel around in search of food, shelter and water especially at night. In recent years these movements have been impeded by humans as we have built more and more barriers between us. Humans and animals need freedom so we can help nature by creating more wildlife corridors. These can be waterways, parks or gardens. However both cities and the countryside could be richer still in wildlife if we found more ways for creatures to move between places.

Size of wildlife corridors

Wildlife corridors can vary in size from just a few metres to thousands of kilometres. The European Green Belt is one of the largest examples. It  stretches 12,500 kms from the far north of Norway, along the Baltic coast, through Germany and Austria and down to the Adriatic Sea. Many countries have come together to keep this wildlife corridor open for migratory animals and birds.

Created during the years when the Iron Curtain separated east from west Germany, this corridor has become a haven for wildlife since the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. Environmentalists have identified over 1000 species many of them endangered that now live in this protected area. To learn more visit:  https://www.europeangreenbelt.org

Creating wildlife corridors

From one grand scheme to another – your own back garden and neighbourhood. You can help creatures travel by leaving holes under fences and walls, planting shrubs and allowing grasses to grow taller. Also we could plant more hedgerows and avenues of trees to link separate areas. Think wildlife and provide food, shelter and water for them as they move from place to place.

Let me know how you have created a wildlife corridor of your own.