Bumble bees feeding on nectar
Gardens are increasingly important spaces for wildlife as habitats in the wider countryside shrink and fragment, and climate change takes its toll.
There are around 16 million gardens in the UK; the way they are managed can make a big difference to wildlife. Although each garden on its own may be small, together they form a patchwork linking green spaces in our towns with nature reserves and the wider countryside. Species like hedgehogs, sparrows and song thrushes are all declining, but if we manage our gardens sympathetically for wildlife these creatures and many more will feel the benefits.
The Wildlife Trusts' Guide to Wildlife Gardening
The Wildlife Trusts have produced an illustrated leaflet which offers advice on creating and maintaining a wildlife garden. Download the leaflet.
Everyone can garden for wildlife
Whether your garden is large or small, you can make a real difference to your local wildlife with a few simple measures. Wild About Gardens, a collaboration between the Royal Horticultural Society and The Wildlife Trusts, is a fantastic source of information.
Feeding the birds
Feeding your garden birds is important all year round, but even more so during harsh winters. Vine House Farm offers a wide range of bird food and every sale supports The Wildlife Trusts.
For more ideas
Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust's wildlife garden at Grebe House, St Albans, is open to visitors from Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm. Come and have a look... and get your garden buzzing too!
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