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encouraging wild animals and plants

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Gardening to encourage wildlife

Below are a few resources to help you with how to encourage wildlife in your garden.

  • Big Wildlife Garden -scheme run by Natural England to encourage people to make spaces wildlife friendly -why not register and get your garden a wildlife award?
  • Butterfly Conservation -membership society that aims to protect Britains butterflies and moths. They operate 33 nature reserves as well as taking part in a wide range of conservation projects. Some useful lists of butterfly attracting plants.
  • Eco Schools -their big wildlife garden was produced with Natural England with the express aim of increasing biodiversity in gardens. If you are involved with a school, you might like to register your own school garden.
  • Growing Native -a simple guide to growing indigenous trees and wild flowers, provided by The Friends of Priors Hill Copse, an ancient woodland in Butlocks Heath.
  • London Wildlife Trust -http://www.wildlondon.org.uk
    A charitable organisation dedicated solely to protecting the capital's wildlife. They  manage more than fifty London reserves and campaign to save important wildlife habitats through access to nature reserves, volunteering programmes and education work. They publish a monthly magazine, Wild London, past editions of which are available for free download.
  • Plantlife -the charity that speaks up for the nation's wild plants, working to protect them on the ground and to build understanding of the vital role they play in everyone's lives.
  • Postcode Plants Database -find tailor-made lists of local plants, hospitable to wildlife and suitable for gardens within your postal district. You can then drill down into the list to get full details on each ondividual plant.
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds -the national organisation for bird conservation -includes pages on wildlife gardens and bird species identifier.
  • Self Willed Land -
  • Wild Forms -based in Stranraer, they stock a wide range of products designed to make your garden more wildlife friendly and to encourage children to explore, learn and to appreciate the natural world.
  • Wildlife Gardening -Jenny Steel -a guide to all aspects of gardening for wildlife by naturalist and plant ecologist Jenny Steel who has been a specialist for more than 20 years, and written books and articles for magazines, newspapers and websites, teaches wildlife gardening courses, gives talks, seminars and consultancy advice.


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Featured books:

Your Wildlife Garden: Month-by-Month
Jackie Bennett
Paperback -Mar 2011
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How to Create a Wildlife Garden: Complete Instructions for Designing and Planting Wildlife Habitats
Over 40 Practical Projects, a Directory of 70 Wildlife Species and 800 Photographs
Christine Lavelle and Michael Lavelle
Hardcover -Oct 2007
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RSPB Gardening for Wildlife: A Complete Guide to Nature-friendly Gardening
Adrian Thomas
Hardcover -May 2010
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