Wildlife at home

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Wildlife at home

Red Admiral (c) Guy Edwardes/2020VISION

Together, our gardens are a vast living landscape. With an estimated 24 million gardens in the UK, the way they are cared for can make a big difference to the natural world. Large or small, ledge or yard, your garden can be a mosaic in a wider network of natural havens linking urban green spaces with nature reserves and the countryside.

This page provides ideas for monitoring and helping wildlife at home, and we have some handy species ID pages further down to help you identify the creatures in your garden.

Garden pond
Wild about gardening

Simple actions


From building a bug hotel to creating a garden pond, here are some ideas for things you can do yourself to help wildlife. 

Click here for a range of simple outdoor activities
Dung beetles wild about gardens 2021
Wild about gardens

Gardening Guides

By gardening sympathetically for wildlife, you’ll be rewarded by a truly natural outdoor space, where you can get in touch with the plants, animals and birds that make their home there.

The Wildlife Trusts and the RHS set up the Wild About Gardens campaign to celebrate wildlife gardening and to encourage people to use their gardens to take action to help support nature. We produce a new free guide each year.

Click here to download our guides
Garden Hedgehog - Wolverhampton

Kathryn Jones

Wild about gardens

Using camera traps

Camera traps are a great way of discovering what creatures are using your garden, with minimal disturbance. Our mammal expert Stuart, shares his top tips for buying and installing these traps to record a variety of wildlife.

Find out more
Plastic wormery at wildlings

Holly Jones

Family activities

Browse our range of step by step downloadable activity guides for families - which include easy ways to help wildlife outdoors, plus craft ideas for indoors!

Click here

Species Identification

Search for a species

Bob Coyle

Vine House Farm Bird Foods

Our enduring partnership with Vine House Farm Bird Foods has inspired and enabled people to look after the wildlife in their garden for over ten years every purchase raises money for the Wildlife Trusts.

In ten years this partnership has raised over £2million!

Buy bird food direct from the farm

Amy Lewis

Nature Recovery Networks

Your garden can be a mosaic in a wider network of natural havens linking with nature reserves and the countryside.

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(c) Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography