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?
There are lots of simple things you can do to support hedgehogs and other wildlife in your garden or community green space. We’ve created some fantastic resources full of ideas and advice – including a 16-page hedgehog booklet and a 13cm x 13cm template for a hedgehog highway hole. for your fence!
Wild About Gardens Week will be back in October 2016 – and next year we’ll be looking at the steps we can all take to support bats in our gardens and green spaces. To be the first to hear about plans for next year, send us an email and we will contact you as soon as there is more information available.
Follow #WildAboutGardens on Twitter for regular tips on how you can make a difference to the wildlife in your garden. 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!