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 troll.
Many Wildlife Trusts run demonstration wildlife gardens, produce advisory materials and are involved with projects to encourage people to get involved with gardening for wildlife.
Online wildlife gardening resources
The Wildlife Trusts work in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society on a number of wildlife gardening projects:
Wild About Gardens - a joint TWT/RHS website packed full of information on wildlife gardening tips and projects and garden wildlife.
Gardening With Wildlife In Mind database - an online database of thousands of plants and animals which aims to help gardeners choose plants that attract wildlife.