Britain’s wildlife needs your help

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

Wild About Gardens Week is a joint initiative by the RHS and the Wildlife Trusts. In 2016 we partnered with the Bat Conservation Trust to help raise the profile of UK bats.

Gardening for wildlife is more important than ever. In 2013, researchers found that 60 percent of UK animal and plant species have declined in the past 50 years. Among the variety of reasons for this is loss of habitat. 

Many of our common garden species – bats, hedgehogs, house sparrows, and common frogs, for example – are becoming much less common. There are an estimated 15 million gardens in the UK. Together they cover a greater area than all the National Nature Reserves! By making our own gardens and local green spaces more wildlife-friendly, we can help support a wide range of species. 

Find out more about how you can support wildlife in your garden.

Noctule on mossy log. Credit: Bat Conservation Trust

What can you do?

This year's Wild About Gardens Week has now passed but there are lots of things you can do all year round to help wildlife in your garden or community green space.

We’ve created some fantastic resources to help you along the way, from building insect hotels to creating hedgehog highways.

For even more wildlife gardening tips, visit the Wild About Gardens website for ideas on things that can be done in an hour, a day or a weekend. And to be kept in the loop about plans for next year’s Wild About Gardens Week, send us an email and we’ll contact you as soon as there’s more information available.

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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!


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