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.
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.
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.
Autumn wildlife gardening
Autumn is traditionally the time to tidy up your garden, ‘putting it to bed for winter’ as my grandfather would say. Times and attitudes…
Gardening for Wildlife - No Mow May
The No Mow May campaign started last year, and the results show what a great bonus for wildlife lawns can be. Dr Cath Price explains…
Spring wildlife gardening
As the days get longer and warmer we’ll all be itching to get out into the garden and start sowing, planting and tidying for a glorious…
Mid winter wildlife gardening
The shortest days are upon us, and spring may seem a long way off, but there are still jobs we can be getting on with in the wildlife…