Britain’s wildlife needs our help

Over the past 50 years we've seen declines in two thirds of our plant and animal species. But together we can help to halt the slide.

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 – including a 13cm x 13cm template for a hedgehog highway hole.

You could also organise or join a Wild About Gardens Week event. Follow #WildAboutGardens on Twitter throughout the week for regular tips on how you can make a difference this autumn. 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!

Credit: Ann Stratford - Hedgehog Street


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