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Re-wild your wellies and give nature a home in Cardiff

To celebrate the launch of Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff, RSPB Cymru’s flagship project in partnership with the City of Cardiff Council, Cardiff residents are being invited to re-wild their wellies and plant-out record numbers of old wellingtons for wildlife.

Re-wild your Wellies! events will be taking place across Cardiff from 11-16 April (see notes for the full list). On 16 April residents are also invited to help create a truly unique wildlife hotspot in the city, and build a record-breaking Welly Wall on the Millennium Stadium Boardwalk. Soil, wildflower seeds and gardening tools will be available at all Re-wild your Wellies! events. Residents are encouraged just to bring along an old pair of wellies.

For those keen to Re-wild their Wellies! at home, Welly Wisdoms are available at twitter.com/rspbcymru and facebook.com/RSPBCymru offering tips on planting-out old wellingtons to attract wildlife. Everyone is encouraged to tweet their Welfies too (images of them re-wilding their wellies!) to @rspbcymru using #wildcardiff. For more information about Re-wild your Wellies! events follow @rspbcymru or visit facebook.com/RSPBCymru

Celebratory activities will continue at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff in Bute Park from 17 – 19 April, with gardens representing Cardiff’s amazing Howardian Nature Reserve and geological past, designed by the City of Cardiff Council’s Ranger Team, and a Giving Nature a Home garden fit for a bug! Spot Cardiff Castle as a bug hotel; the Wales Millennium Centre as a hogitat for hedgehogs, and enjoy activities around the gardens including a Big Garden Bioblitz, wildlife storytelling and a chance to help build a Giant Bug Hotel for a school or community group to win.

To win the bug hotel, schools and community groups can simply tweet a photo of them ‘Giving Nature a Home’ to @rspbcymru using #wildcardiff. The most inspiring entry will win the bug home for their school ground or community space, including delivery.

The ground-breaking State of Nature Report, produced by the RSPB and 25 wildlife organisations revealed that nature is in danger and needs our help. By taking small steps for nature Cardiff residents can make a huge difference. The report found around 60% of bees, birds, bugs and mammals in decline. This alongside findings that children are becoming increasingly disconnected from nature; notably in Wales where only 1 in 8 children have a meaningful connection with nature.

Now, thanks to the support of Tesco customers through the Welsh Government’s carrier bag levy, Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff is ready to deliver free outreach sessions for all primary schools across Cardiff and a city-wide programme of events for families to help put frogs, autumn leaves and muddy knees back in to childhood and inspire more children to look after Cardiff’s amazing wildlife.

For more information about Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff and the launch of this exciting new project follow @rspbcymru or visit www.facebook.com/RSPBCymru

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