In 2020 many people discovered the magic of the great outdoors; we were walking more, exercising outside more, and reality enjoying the natural woodland that many of us are lucky enough to have on our doorstep!
Whilst this is great, there has also been an increase in the amount of litter being left
By walkers. This runs the risk of tainting the woodland and potentially damaging the delicate ecosystem that exists.
What can you do to help protect the woodland for the future? Well, here we take a look at 6 of the best ways to conserve your local woodland so you can enjoy it for generations to come.
1. Take Nothing But Photos, Leave Nothing But Footprints
It’s somewhat of a cliche but you really should try not to take more than you need when you are visiting your local woodland. Disturbing areas of shrubbery and chopping down too many trees for firewood if you are camping can have a huge impact on the biodiversity of the whole area.
2. Avoid Outside Fires and Unsolicited Camping
When it comes to camping in local woodlands, you are always best off staying in designated areas that have been reserved for people. If you stay in areas that are not meant for camping, not only will you be running the risk of getting into trouble you could also cause a forest fire in the hotter months of the year!
3. Recycle As Much As You Can!
Whilst you should always try to reduce your overall waste consumption, recycling anything left over will help you conserve your local woodland and places of natural beauty.
On a large scale, recycling means that less waste will be discarded as litter which could end up damaging local wildlife. One of our top tips is to start a compost heap if you have space and resources. This will help you get rid of food waste which can have a difficult time biodegrading in with the rest of the landfill waste. Composting is also great if you have a green patch in your garden!
4. Use Biodegradable Poo Bags For Your Canine Friends
It is only natural that you will want to enjoy the wooded area with your canine friend too! In order to do it in an environmentally sound way, make sure you properly deal with any droppings your dog leaves. Many people simply remove the faeces and leave it tied up in a plastic bag, this is ineffective as it slows down the biodegrading process and further damages the environment.
In order to protect the woodland and other dog walkers, use some biodegradable paper poo bags. These will remove the poo from walkways and will quickly biodegrade and become part of the woodland!
5. Pick Up Litter If You Do See It
One of the proactive ways that you can help reduce the damage to your local woodland areas is through picking up litter if you do see any lying around. This will immediately remove some of the risks to local wild and plant life and will help to conserve the local woodland for the future.
If you are interested, then why not look up some local litter picking opportunities near where you live? This is a great way to support the local community and your local woodlands.
We Can All Enjoy The Great Outdoors in 2021
2021 may well be another turbulent year, but with a little consideration, we can all enjoy the great outdoors in the new year. Take on board some of these steps to make sure you look after your local wildlife!