Gardening for wildlife

Wild about gardens

The Secret Garden

Together, our gardens are a vast living landscape. With an estimated 24 million gardens in the UK, the way they are cared for can make a big difference to the natural world. Large or small, ledge or yard, your garden can be a mosaic in a wider network of natural havens linking urban green spaces with nature reserves and the countryside.

We’ve been inspired by the new movie adaptation of The Secret Garden and just like us, the filmmakers are passionate about butterflies! From the producers of Paddington, Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, this new movie is a visionary look at one of the world’s most enduring children’s stories and will be in cinemas this Easter. In the story, the garden eases grief, heals rifts and brings the joy out in all who experience it.

Now you can make a special place for wildlife – with a Secret Garden of your own, where you can replenish your soul, reconnect with nature and help wildlife to thrive. Find out more about the film at www.thesecretgardenfilm.co.uk and watch the trailer here

 

Gardens for butterflies

More ways to help wildlife in your garden

Find more ways to take action for the wildlife in your garden by clicking on our guides below.

Sparrow

Rachel Scopes

Hedgehogs, bats, sparrows, song thrushes and stag beetles are all declining species in the UK, but if we manage our gardens to benefit wildlife, these creatures and many more will find refuge.  It’s not hard to be help.  Consider a whole host of wild ideas and features – or just pick one and then sit back, enjoy the view and see who visits! 

Download your wildlife gardening guide

Wildlife-friendly gardening is about making a haven for you, as well as for wildlife. By gardening sympathetically for wildlife, you’ll be rewarded by a truly natural outdoor space, where you can get in touch with the plants, animals and birds that make their home there.

Download your Ponds for All guide 

A useful guide to creating and maintaining a garden pond of all sizes! They can be a haven for many different species of wildlife. 

Download your guide to helping worms

These wriggly fellows are well known to gardeners all over. At first glance they might not seem particularly special, but they’re essential for our soils and wildlife. 

Download your guide to helping bees

It’s no secret that many pollinators are facing threats. Insensitive land use, a reduction in plant species diversity and the use of insecticides have all been linked to declining bee numbers. This is bad news for us and for them. But you can help...

 

Download your guide to helping bats

Bats are stars of the night, seen swooping through the night sky in the pursuit of their prey. Little understood, just what is the truth about these enigmatic mammals?

Download your guide to helping hedgehogs

Small, round, brown and famously covered in spines, the hedgehog is one of the most familiar of Britain's wild mammals.

Take action for wildlife

Here are some simple ideas to help ensure your garden is wildlife friendly.