The recent increase in popularity of growing one’s own quality organic food could not be more appropriately timed for wildlife such as amphibians and reptiles. It is well documented that amphibians in particular are currently declining globally. As has been found overseas, it is likely that the extensive use of pesticides, fungicides and fertilisers in conventional agriculture has impacted heavily upon populations of amphibians and beneficial invertebrates in the UK.

Contrastingly, the ecological approach to growing food can provide habitat in which the animals can breed, an abundance of invertebrate food and a place to hibernate – as well as producing food for humans!

The basic principle of ecological gardening practice is to work with nature rather than constantly battle against it, the objective being to design  and create robust systems for growing food with the diversity and resilience of natural ecosystems.

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