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Diarmuid Gavin's guide to wildlife-friendly planting

Give nature a helping hand with wildlife-friendly planting that will create healthy habitats beyond our current crisis

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Dipsacus

Dipsacus

Sloe berries

Sloe berries

Joachim Opelka

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Dipsacus

Covid-19 has had a devastating effect on people, causing misery, hardship and grief. The lockdown, an almost global instruction to stay at home where possible, has also had another effect. It seems strange to talk of benefits, but our planet is enjoying a moment to breathe, for the first time in living memory.

Yes, factories are still producing our necessities but a great amount of travel and manufacturing has been shut down. A by-product of this is that, in the main, aeroplanes aren't flying and train, ferry, cruise-liner and car traffic is greatly reduced.

Coinciding with lockdown, we've enjoyed a glorious spring. There is a stillness around which allows us to hear the birds and take time to notice the bees. It has many of us thinking that there may be ways of intervening to help nature. If we begin to plan now, perhaps we can build on the benefits of lockdown, and plant and create habitats for beyond our crisis.