Wildlife gardening

Take action for wildlife

Gardening for wildlife

Common carder bee by Rosemary Morris

Go wild in your garden; it's an important link in a chain that allows wildlife to move from one place to another.

Big or small, window box or flower bed, most of us have the chance to link our patch into a network of wildlife havens across our landscape, helping wildlife to thrive throughout Worcestershire's urban green spaces to our beautiful countryside. From bats and butterflies to hegehogs and house sparrows, what we do in our gardens could help them all.

It can be as easy as planting nectar-rich flowers or digging a pond and it's not just great for wildlife, it's great for you too! Why have a fence when you could have a green boundary with berries and flowers? What about the colours and scents of a nectar and pollen rich flower bed? Dig a pond and plant the edges with a colour riot of marsh marigolds and purple loosestrife. Why not browse our ideas below to help get you started.

Insects are declining up to eight times faster than other wildlife. Why not give them a helping hand - visit our Action For Insects page to find out how.

For even more ideas and free downloads, why not visit the Wild About Gardens website; the project is run by The Wildlife Trusts and Royal Horticultural Society to celebrate wildlife gardening.

Several local peat-free and/or organic nurseries are delivering plants (check for details and areas):

Caves Folly Nurseries, Colwall
Hoo House nursery, Tewkesbury
Wykeham Gardens, Malvern
Pershore College Garden Centre
The Cottage, Tenbury Wells

Our gardens cover more land in the UK than National Nature Reserves; just think what a difference we'd make to the natural world if we all cared for them in a wildlife-friendly way.