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Gardens provide an ideal place where people can connect with wildlife on an emotional level. We feel affection for creatures that enhance our own enjoyment of the outdoors. Animals that are pretty, colourful and entertaining add quality to our lives, but to live in harmony with wildlife there has to be give and take. By providing for the needs of wildlife and tackling gardening problems in a wildlife friendly way we can create havens for both people and wildlife.

Over the past 50 years, the landscape around us has changed dramatically. Towns and cities have become larger and the countryside has become more intensively managed leading to the loss of valuable wildlife habitat. With natural habitats such as wildflower meadows and ancient woodlands disappearing at an alarming rate, habitats in our back gardens are quickly becoming important havens for a wide range of birds, mammals, amphibians and invertebrates. Private gardens are amongst the most valuable urban habitats and it is estimated that the 15 million gardens in the UK cover a greater area than all of the designated National Nature Reserves put together.

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Visit the Wild About Gardens website set up by the The Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society where you will find a range of fact sheets/ information sheets showing you how to create features in your garden that will attract and support wildlife and how to make things such as nest boxes and bird feeders.

Our Wildlife in the City project have partnered with The Wildlife Garden Project. Over the course of a year, The Wildlife Garden Project has turned an ordinary garden into a haven for wildlife. Filmmaker Laura Turner and her team have documented their story and you can take a look at how they have gone about this challenge on their website and watch various vidoes of how they have attractted wildlife to their garden. A few of their videos have also been added to the 'Videos' section of this page. 

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Related Video

Wild Life Skills #5 - Make a Bee Box

Nick Baker shows you how to make a home for masonry bees in your garden. Bees are brilliant fun to watch buzzing around the garden and they are importnant pollinators of flowers. Sadly many species of bee are in decline so making a bee box is a simple way you can help. Brilliant!

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The Wildlife Garden Project - A guide to building a bug hotel!

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The Wildlife Garden Project shows you how to make your very own bug hotel. Assemble a few simple garden materials and before you know it you’ll have all kinds of wonderful little creepy crawlies checking in to your bugtastic bug hotel!

About The Wildlife Garden Project:
Imagine if everybody in the UK made just a few small changes in their garden to help our British wildlife. Think…

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The Wildlife Garden Project - How to help hedgehogs in your garden

wildlifegardenproject.com The Wildlife Garden Project shows you how to help hedgehogs in your garden. Hedgehogs are in decline in the UK, but this video shows you a few simple things you can do to help our prickly friends. Always remember to provide hedgehogs with fresh water. About The Wildlife Garden Project Imagine if everybody in the UK made just a few small changes in their garden to help our British…

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The Rotten Journey - a soil story

Find out the story of soil by joining us on a rotten journey of discovery!  This short stop motion animation tells us how you can make your own compost by recycling food and garden waste.  Made for Wildlife Watch by Helen Babbs - http://helenbabbs.wordpress.com/

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Wild Life Skills #3 - How to make Bird Cake

Nick Baker shows us how to make bird cake. It’s great fun and the birds in your garden will love it. Have a go yourself - your garden birds will thank you for it!

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The Wildlife Garden Project - How to Make a Bird Box

wildlifegardenproject.com The Wildlife Garden Project shows you how to make a bird box. It’s fun, cheap, and you’ll be helping to save trees by using up any old wood you have lying around! And of course, the birds will thank you for it! About The Wildlife Garden Project Imagine if everybody in the UK made just a few small changes in their garden to help our British wildlife. Think of…

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The Wildlife Garden Project - How to set up your bird feeders

wildlifegardenproject.com The Wildlife Garden Project shows you how to set up your bird feeders. Find out what food to put out, what kind of feeders to use and where to position them. Always remember to keep your feeders clean and provide clean water. You’ll have a garden full of happy birds in no time! About The Wildlife Garden Project Imagine if everybody in the UK made just a few small…

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The Wildlife Garden Project - How to sow a wildflower meadow

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The Wildlife Garden Project shows you how to sow a wildflower meadow.

About The Wildlife Garden Project:
Imagine if everybody in the UK made just a few small changes in their garden to help our British wildlife. Think of the giant patchwork that could be created, all the habitats that could be formed, and all the mouths that could be fed. And you can do as…

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