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Bird-friendly school ground - Planting your school grounds
Plant a variety of species. Photo: M. Musiałowska
The more varied you can make your school grounds, the more attractive they will be to wildlife. Including shrubs, a hedge, climbers and trees will create habitats to suit many different birds. Herbaceous plants and a lawn are other valuable features. Choose a selection of shrubs and trees that provide insect food, and berries or fruit, for as long as possible. The inclusion of thorny plants and some evergreens provides shelter and safe nesting sites. Avoid planting non-native species that are invasive in character. These species can case a conservation problem if they spread into sensitive habitats. Non-native pond plants are a particular problem, as they can easily be transferred into watercourses (on the feet of birds, cats and dogs, for example), where they can travel many miles and blanket large areas of water or riverbank. Never discard your wildlife area weeds in a semi-natural habitats as the seeds can spread. Instead, compost your green rubbish and take the rest to your local tip, where it can be disposed of properly.