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Used sparingly, lights in the garden can enhance its night-time charms, but what about the effects on wildlife?
Frogs seem to be attracted to light. Credit: RHS.
Gardeners often use garden lighting to brighten up their garden at any time of year - from summer parties to winter viewings.
The potential effects of lighting on wildlife and the environment is often overlooked. Evidence suggests all forms of artificial lighting (including LEDs and halogen) can impact on wildlife. Light pollution from inappropriately positioned security lighting is often the worst culprit.
Measures to reduce negative impacts of lighting on wildlife are also likely to be beneficial in reducing adverse impacts on people - see Chapter 4 page 4 'Light pollution and health' from the UK Government's Annual Report of the Chief Medical Health Officer 2017: Health Impacts of All Pollution - what do we know?
Amphibians: encouraging into your garden
Bats: encouraging into your garden
Birds: encouraging into your garden
Campaign to Protect Rural England's Night Blight campaign
Commission for Dark Skies
Moths: encouraging into your garden
Starlit Skies Alliance resource page and External lighting guide
Wildlife: helping through winter
Wild About Gardens
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