Wildlife gardening - information & ideas

Hedgehog (c) Rosemary WinnallHedgehog (c) Rosemary Winnall

There's so much you can do to help wildlife in your garden but where do you start? We've listed a few places to get you going and help you find out more about how to help.

Gardening (c) Tom MarshallWhy not browse our range of wildlife gardening factsheets to get started - from bird and bat boxes to container suggestions and creating a wildlife pond we're sure you'll find something to do on your doorstep.    

How about checking out The Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society's joint website Wild About Gardens that's packed full of information and inspiration about how you can make a difference for wildlife right on your own doorstep.

Confused about what plant to plant and what eats what in your garden?  Then visit the Gardening with Wildlife in Mind website run by the RHS and The Wildlife Trusts.  You'll find lots of information about which plants to choose and which animals will eat your garden pests!

Looking to do something simple to help bumblebees?  Then check out this useful guide to building a bumblebee nest by Bumblebee Conservation and Hartley Botanic.

Feed the Birds

Don't forget to feed the birds.  You can buy bird food from us at Lower Smite FarmVine House Farm logo or from many of our Local Group contacts and meetings. For more information you can download our bird food price list.

Alternatively, if you can't get to us, you can order food, feeders and nest boxes online from award-winning Vine House Farm. A percentage of each purchase from a Worcestershire postcode will be donated to Worcestershire Wildlife Trust when you place an order with them.  In 2012 they donated a whopping £1900 to help us protect wildlife in Worcestershire!

Vine House Farm is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and as much produce as possible is sourced from within the UK. It is Vine House Farm’s active commitment to conservation and to sustainable and ethical supply chains that makes it a natural partner to The Wildlife Trusts.

Go peat free

Peat bogs are very special places for wildlife but, partly due to gardeners' demand for peat, most  in the UK have been destroyed.  Help save our remaining bogs by going peat-free!  You can buy peat-free compost and mulches such as chipped bark, leaf mould or coir.

We'd like to thank Caves Folly and Hoo House Nurseries for helping to supply peat-free plants for our wildlife-friendly garden at Lower Smite Farm.

Caves Folly Nurseries - suppliers of Peat free and Organic plants for over 30 years.

Hoo House Nursery - specialists in peat-free perennials and alpines.