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Gardens, wildlife and our cities ~ by Chris

Gardens, wildlife and our cities

Sadly, many ordinary gardens in the UK's cities are vanishing. Front gardens are used to create off-road parking areas, whilst many large back gardens are being sold for housing developments. The London Wildlife Trust offers some suggestions on mitigating the effects of the loss of such areas. By maintaining wildlife havens in towns and cities, we can help many animal species – such as sparrows, hedgehogs, thrushes, bumblebees and stag beetles. You can also help in the London Wildlife Trust's garden wildlife survey and stag beetle hunt.

If you live in London, you can register with the London Wildlife Trust and receive a free wildlife gardening pack , which is full of information on gardening for butterflies and birds, wildlife on walls, creating a mini-meadow and pond building. For pictures of a London wildlife garden, and some personal observations on wildlife gardening, visit A Wildlife-friendly London Garden at http://www.foxleas.com/.

Do you know of similar schemes in your area? If so, let us know in the comments.

Posted in: Flora & Fauna, ~ On: 17 July, 2007

6 comments so far

Feed The Birds? | Woodlands.co.uk
9 February, 2013

[…] woodland blog last year listed some of the strategies that might encourage insects and invertebrates in our […]

19 July, 2010

At the end of July (2010), there is the BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT – see

Feed The Birds? | The Woodlands.co.uk Blog
10 October, 2008

[…] woodland blog last year listed some of the strategies that might encourage insects and invertebrates in our […]

3 April, 2008

I got my free wildlife gardening pack – it’s brilliant!

25 July, 2007

A new survey suggests that gardens are very important for bumblebees and their nests

24 July, 2007

Some of the London Borough websites have suggestions about wildlife gardening, such as Richmond ( see http://www.richmond.gov.uk/home/environment/land_and_premises/conservation/biodiversity/wildlife_gardening.htm ) and Dartford (http://www.dartford.gov.uk/wildlife/infopack.htm ).

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