New Year resolutions that help nature | BBC Wildlife Magazine


While others are giving up issues, why not take a very totally different method? Here are 16 optimistic New Years resolutions to encourage you to find, be taught, expertise, discover and uncover the wonders of the pure world. Pick any considered one of these and also you’re assured to boost your understanding of wildlife, your expertise as a naturalist and your enjoyment of nature.

1. Dig a wildlife pond

A stunning backyard pond surrounded by lush vegetation. © Steven Wooster/Getty

“Learning about wildlife begins in your back yard. If you want to bring more species to your garden then the recipe is simple: just add water,” says Mike Dilger, wildlife knowledgeable for BBC One’s The One Show and BBC Wildlife contributor.

“I dug a gap, put in a liner, added water – and inside 24 hours I had my first pond skaters. By the top of the summer time I had seen six species of dragon- and damselfly, and recorded an enormous variety of birds and mammals coming to the pond – it’s a supply of meals in addition to water.

“A pond punches above its weight in terms of conservation, too. More UK frogs are now breeding in garden ponds, because the water is unpolluted, unlike many village and farm ponds. Digging one is the most effective step each of us can take to help local wildlife.”

2. Pass in your expertise

Lianne de Mello teaching young children about nature © Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Lianne de Mello educating younger youngsters about nature © Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Inspiring others to study nature – volunteering for a reserve or giving a chat to a neighborhood faculty or youth group, for instance – may be rewarding in some ways. “Through my work with Buglife, I often take groups out on bug walks and pond-dipping days,” says the charity’s vice-president Alan Stubbs. “Obviously, it’s a way to raise the profile of invertebrates and the importance of habitats. But it’s personally very rewarding, too.”

“I am passionate about the need to develop people’s ability to identify species,” Alan continues. “The education system does very little fieldwork these days; you can study up to degree level without having seen a whole animal. Being able to identify wildlife is a vital practical underpinning of conservation work – a skill I think is being lost, and one that I dearly want to promote.”

3. Close your eyes…and pay attention

A male blackbird in song, in Norfolk, UK. © David Tipling/Education Images/Universal Images Group/Getty