Wildlife needs places to hide, have babies and find things to eat. Our gardens, parks and schools can provide for wildlife if we provide the right conditions for them.
Our friends at Wildlife Garden Project have some excellent materials to help you create a home for nature (see the links in each section).
Their are so few hedgehogs in the UK that they are in danger of disappearing forever (becoming extinct). They need safe, undisturbed areas to hide over winter and have their young in spring. Piles of leaves, hedgerows and bushes not only provide a home for these shy creatures, but also for the minibeasts they feed upon.
The plants in any garden can give nature a home as well as supplying food from flowers, fruit, leaves and seeds. If you need help choosing plants, creating a wildflower meadow or attracting invertebrates, you will find lots of help if you follow the link...
The plants in any garden can give nature food from flowers to fruit as well as leaves and seeds. Our guide to some perfect planting tips may help you create your own garden!
Selecting the right space for your wild garden is important, as you will need wildlife to be able to get to and from it. If you are adding any water feature, such as a pond, you will need to consider how you keep children safe. With some simple planning, you can create a wild space that will soon attract a wealth of incredible creatures. Don't not worry if you are short on space - any efforts to help nature will help!
Just taking some time to sit and enjoy the nature near you is so good for our wellbeing. You will already have wildlife that have a made their home in your garden, school or forest school. Use our ID sheets (below) to help you identify the species you already and how you make their world better still. Establish a viewing spot with binoculars and our printable ID sheets!