Song thrush with worm / Amy Lewis
Hedgehogs, sparrows and song thrushes are all declining species in the UK but if we manage our gardens and community green spaces sympathetically for wildlife, these and many more will feel the benefits.
With an estimated 16 million gardens in the UK, the way they are cared for can make a big difference to the natural world. Whilst individual gardens might be small, together they form a patchwork that links green spaces in towns and villages to the wider countryside and nature reserves. Together, our gardens are a vast living landscape.
Wildlife gardening is about making a haven for you, as well as for wildlife. By gardening with wildlife in mind, you'll be rewarded with a natural outdoor space, where you can observe the animals and plants that make their home there.
For information on making boxes for birds, bats and hedgehogs visit our providing homes for wildlife page.
Online wildlife gardening resources
The Wildlife Trusts work in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society on a number of wildlife gardening projects:
- Wild About Gardens - a joint TWT/RHS website packed full of information on wildlife gardening tips and projects and garden wildlife.
- Gardening With Wildlife In Mind database - an online database of thousands of plants and animals which aims to help gardeners choose plants that attract wildlife.
- Freshwater Habitats Trust - advice and factsheets on creating and managing ponds and freshwater habitats.
- Froglife - information about frogs, toads and newts
- Naturescape - wildflower nursery in Nottinghamshire border, useful website and demonstration gardens.
- The RHS - list of plants ‘Perfect for Pollinators’
- Green Roofs
- Vine House Farm - Deeping St Nicholas, sells bird food. The website also has lots of information on how and what to feed birds, hygiene and feeding other wildlife.
- The Conservation Volunteers sell handbooks detailing different aspects of conservation management including tree planting and aftercare, woodlands, fencing and hedging.
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