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Wildlife Gardening

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Go wild in your garden! Give a helping hand by turning your backyard into a wildlife haven.

Did you know there are an estimated 16 million gardens in the UK? The way they are cared for can make a big difference to local wildlife. Whether it's a place to stop off for some food or water, a place to shelter over the winter, or an important stepping stone between natural habitats, our gardens are more important than ever.

Hedgehogs, song thrushes and stag beetles, to name but a few, are all once common garden species that are now in decline. But it's not hard to help. Transform your garden with a whole host of wildlife friendly features or just take a few simple steps, such as planting the right flowers and leaving out some birdseed, and you'll be amazed at the variety of visitors.

Gardens don't need to be big to benefit wildlife - whatever size space you've got, from a window box to a mini meadow, anything can be adapted to give a helping hand. And wildlife gardens don't need to be unkempt or untidy - just by adding or changing a few simple features your backyard can be transformed.

How about digging a pond to attract frogs, newts or dragonflies? What about a compost heap for insects and hedgehogs to hide in? Or how about planting some nectar-rich flowers for bees and butterflies to feast on? If you need a little inspiration, we've created some helpful factsheets to guide the way and get you going wild in the garden.

Or to make a Bumblebee Nest visit here. (With thanks to The Bumblebee Conservation Trust working with Hartley Botanic). 

Find out more about Wild About Gardens - a joint initiative by The Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society.