Published Thursday, 20 June 2013
The RSPB is launching a new campaign urging the public to give nature a home.
The charity is concerned that habitats are being destroyed, exploited and polluted.
Conservationists say that Northern Ireland is losing far more species than it's gaining.
They want the public to get involved in reversing the damage and in turn, restoring plummeting numbers of species such as hedgehogs and varieties of the butterfly.
James Robinson, the charity's NI director, said:"We know that nature is in serious trouble.
"This is all about people in their gardens and outside spaces doing things which will actually help some of that threatened wildlife.
"Things like bees and hedgehogs and sparrows that we know are in serious trouble, people can make a real difference for them in their gardens."
Greg Woulahan's garden in east Belfast is the perfect example of how to give nature a home.
Originally from the countryside, he wanted to recreate that feel in his back yard so his daughter could grow up with nature.
And so, he set about adding a greenhouse, pond, nest boxes and a beautiful array of flowers.
"It takes very, very little effort to do it, the worst thing for me in this garden is cutting the lawn which is probably the bane of many, many people.
"That is the thing that takes up the most time all the other stuff takes up no time whatsoever," he added.
Greg continued, saying that seeing bees, butterflies and even a little hedgehog in his outdoor space "makes everything worthwhile."
The RSPB says it doesn't matter what type or size of garden you have - or even if it's a window box - everyone can help create a wildlife haven in their own backyard.
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