Wildlife Gardening

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Although each garden on its own may be small, together they form a patchwork linking urban green spaces with nature reserves and the wider countryside.

Our gardens represent a vast living landscape, and with an estimated 16 million gardens in the UK, the way they are managed can make a big difference to wildlife. Hedgehogs, sparrows, song thrushes and stag beetles are all declining species in the UK, but if we manage our gardens sympathetically for wildlife, these creatures and many more will feel the benefits. Gardens are increasingly important spaces for wildlife as habitats in the wider countryside shrink and fragment, and climate change takes its toll.

Everyone can garden for wildlife

Whether your garden is large or small, you can make a real difference to your local wildlife with a few simple measures. Wild About Gardens, a collaboration between the Royal Horticultural Society and The Wildlife Trusts, is a fantastic source of information. They've also produced a searchable database, Gardening with Wildlife in Mind, which is a great way of finding out which which wildlife-friendly plants you can put in your garden.

Wildlife gardening in the city

Wildlife gardening is incredibly important in the city environment because it joins up green space between nature reserves and the wider countryside, providing a 'wildlife corridor' for pollinators and endangered species, such as hedgehogs. Clik here for more information on doing your bit for wildlife in the city.

Feeding your garden birds

Feeding your garden birds is important all year round, but even more so during harsh winters. Vine House Farm offers a wide range of bird food and every sale supports local Wildlife Trusts.

Don't have a garden?

You can still get involved by managing allotments sensitively or by helping out with a community garden. Or why not join our own wildlife-friendly community food growing project Feed Bristol?

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