Help transform Bristol into a nature reserve - My Wild City Maps

Thursday 11th December 2014

My Wild City Maps

Introducing My Wild City maps! In a bid to transform Bristol into a nature reserve, maps have been developed to show Bristol with the wildlife at its core. The Trust's vision is to work with communities across the city, using the maps to inspire everyone to 'do something amazing for wildlife' in their local area.

The maps, which cover greater Bristol, picture the city as it's never been seen before. Developed using over 200 data sets (including aerial photography, remote sensing, habitat and soil data) the maps show the best places to create habitat for wildlife, linking gardens and green spaces to create wildlife corridors across Bristol.

Bevis Watts, Trust Chief Executive said, "Avon Wildlife Trust is incredibly excited to launch the My Wild City maps. They show the tremendous opportunity we have to enhance and create homes for wildlife across our city. We can all do something amazing for wildlife. By transforming our gardens and open spaces, together we can create a nature-rich city that attracts wildlife right up to our doorsteps. By transforming Bristol into a nature reserve we can give everyone the opportunity to experience wildlife every day, for their own health and wellbeing."

Simon King OBE, renowned wildlife broadcaster and President of Avon Wildlife Trust said, “My Wild City is an amazing opportunity for Bristol to build on its already well established green credentials. By restoring nature to the city's gardens and green spaces, Bristol could lead the way in a groundswell of positive action that could be echoed in other towns and cities across the UK and the rest of the world. We can all do little things that will make a huge difference for wildlife and, in so doing, improve our own lives immensely."

We are calling on everyone across the city to download the map of their neighbourhood and talk to their neighbours and community about what action they can take for wildlife as part of Bristol 2015. For example, planting wildflowers and bee-friendly plants, putting up nest boxes or leaving out kitchen scraps to attract garden birds like blackbirds. Tweet us your plans for your community using #mywildcity.

The 20 My Wild City maps allow people to zoom right down to their own street and garden level. They show the best places to connect habitats by linking gardens, passageways and other green spaces – helping to create wildlife corridors or ‘green highways’ so that wildlife can move easily around the city. The maps identify the areas in each neighbourhood where there are opportunities to improve woodland and grassland habitat for wildlife, and also other opportunities like making bird boxes, ponds and fresh water containers or planters.

Taking action for wildlife can be easy, especially if you make it part of your everyday life. Remember, it doesn’t matter the size of your garden, or if you live in a flat, there are still lots of small changes you can make that will benefit wildlife. 

Peregrine Falcon - Pete BlanchardOur vision is for Bristol to be a nature-rich city, with people working together to help wildlife thrive in a developing urban environment. We will be working with four key communities to create demonstration sites across the city, showcasing activities to inspire people to take action for wildlife. We have secured funding of at least £1k for each of:

• Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill
• Henbury and Southmead
• Bishopsworth, Hartcliffe and Whitchurch Park
• Greater Bedminster

Bristol and the surrounding countryside still offer one of the greenest areas in the country – with one-third of the city being open green space or waterways. But the region also has the fastest growing population in the UK, with all the development pressure that brings. By putting nature at the heart of our everyday lives, we can help to ensure that wildlife can live and flourish alongside us. 

Download your My Wild City map and do something amazing for wildlife today: www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/mywildcity