Wild About Gardens is a joint initiative by the RHS and The Wildlife Trusts – and this year also involving Hedgehog Street – to encourage people to support local biodiversity in their gardens. This is more important than ever. Two years ago, research compiled by 25 wildlife organisations found that 60 percent of the 3,148 UK animal and plant species assessed have declined in the past 50 years for a range of reasons including loss of habitat. Many of our common garden species – hedgehogs, house sparrows, starlings and common frogs, for example – are becoming much less common. This is where gardeners can make a difference, by making their own gardens and the green spaces in their communities more wildlife friendly.
What can you do?
Find out what you can do in your own garden and download our support resources. This year’s campaign will focus on the small steps we can all take together to help hedgehogs.
You could also organise or join a Wild About Gardens Week event. Make sure you visit The RHS and The Wildlife Trusts on Facebook and follow #WildAboutGardens on Twitter throughout the week for regular tips on how you can make a difference this autumn. Also find tips and activity ideas on Pinterest. Have a question? Contact us on Facebook or Twitter and we'll do our best to help. From hedgehogs and butterflies to birds and bats; it's time to join forces and do something to help wildlife in your garden!
“The nation’s gardens are hugely important for wildlife and as a habitat network they are second to none. Inner city balconies and courtyards, the suburbs’ hedgerows and lawns and the orchards and allotments of market towns and villages; all have the potential to be incredibly rich habitats for wildlife. There are many simple ways in which we can make our gardens naturally richer. Nest boxes, bird feeders, log piles, nectar plants, fruiting shrubs, wall climbers and ponds all improve the life-chances for many garden creatures, and, as each of us improves our garden habitat for wildlife, the plants and animals that we attract will bring more pleasure in return.”
Professor Chris Baines, Vice President of The Wildlife Trusts
“We want this week to be not just about doing great things for nature but also about enjoying the wildlife that is already there. In between all the activities take a moment to listen to garden birdsong, marvel at how insects find our flowers or turn over a few stones to discover what lives beneath them. Everyone can experience that connection with nature and sharing it with others is the key to saving our wildlife from further neglect and decline.”
Helen Bostock, RHS Senior Horticultural Advisor