Author: Rose Revera

My Wild Garden Year- a month by month guide to wildlife gardening

My Wildlife Garden Year Cover

We have produced a month by month guide to wildlife gardening, to enable you to know how to create and maintain a wildlife garden no matter the time of year! No matter what time of year, we have some tips and tricks for you to help you look after the wildlife in your garden. Simply click on the relevant month below to download a PDF guide for that month.

You can also get your hands on a FREE copy of the pack by popping into our Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, coming along to some of our Cardiff events or dropping us an email with the subject ‘My Wild Garden Year’ (small donation required to cover Postage and Packaging).

The My Wild Cardiff project is generously supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.


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Watch our video about the Cardiff Pop-up Wildlife Garden

Hannah in My WIld Garden Pop-up Garden Cardiff

If you missed coming along to our pop-up wildlife garden which we created in Bute Park this summer, then fear not! We’ve created the following video so you can see the process of building the garden and what the finished garden looked like. It included a green roof, a pond, a compost bin and plenty of nectar-rich plants for pollinators! See if you can spot them in the video, as well as our friendly wildlife that visited the garden.

Over 1000 adults and 300 kids visited the garden in the two weeks we were open to be inspired and educated about wildlife gardening. If you’d like to know more about creating wildlife-friendly features in your garden, you can visit this page on our website or the RHS and Wildlife Trusts Wild About Gardens website, which is full of brilliant information.

We have also produced a FREE wildlife gardening education pack, called ‘My Wild Garden Year’, a month-by-month guide to creating and maintaining a wildlife garden. You can get your free copy by calling into our Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, coming along to some of our Cardiff events or dropping us an email with the subject ‘My Wild Garden Year’ (small donation required to cover Postage and Packaging).

The My Wild Cardiff project is generously supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

‘My Wild Garden Year’ – a new publication by the Wildlife Trust

My Wildlife Garden Year Cover

We are really excited that thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we have been able to produce a month by month guide to creating and maintaining your own wildlife garden, called ‘A Wildlife Garden Year’.

You can get a FREE copy by coming along to our events in Cardiff, popping in to Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre or email Rose.

You can also download a copy in English or Welsh.

My Wildlife Garden Year Cover

My Wild Cardiff, My Wild Life- Colin

Colin in the pond My Wild Garden

During the building of our pop-up wildlife garden earlier in the summer, supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we had some wonderful volunteers join us. Our volunteers were essential, helping us to build the garden, then manning the garden when it was open to talk to visitors and educate them to learn more about wildlife gardening.

One of our newest volunteers, Colin, said, ‘It’s been great fun building the garden, it’s been an education, and I’ve met lots of good people with similar interests to me.’

We have opportunities for volunteering in Cardiff over the winter- we will be holding fortnightly coppicing sessions at Coed y Bedw Nature Reserve. Contact Vaughn if you are interested in helping.

My Wild Life - Colin


Be Inspired to Go Wild at our Bute Park Pop-up Garden


bumblebeeDid you know that there is more space managed as garden in the UK than all nature reserves put together? Imagine what a difference we could make if everyone did something for wildlife in their gardens. The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales are reaching out to Cardiff residents to encourage people to garden with wildlife in mind.

The Wildlife Trust’s ‘My Wild Cardiff’ project, funded with the generous support of the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, is helping people around Cardiff welcome their wildlife neighbours into their gardens.

As part of the My Wild Cardiff project, The Wildlife Trust are creating a ‘Pop-up’ Wildlife Garden in Cardiff’s largest park. Designed by Shani Lawrence Garden Designs, the garden features a pond, a living lawn, a green roof and plenty of homes for wildlife. The temporary garden will serve to inspire visitors and give them ideas as to how they can improve their own gardens for wildlife.

Rose Revera, The Wildlife Trust’s People and Wildlife Officer who is running the My Wild Cardiff project, says “Anything that people can do in their gardens to create more habitat for wildlife in the area will help species such as hedgehogs, bumblebees, butterflies and birds. Creating a network of green areas will strengthen the populations that are seriously struggling, rather than them being confined to a single green area with limited resources. We hope that our pop-up wildlife garden will educate and inspire people to help their wild neighbours.”

The garden will be open to visitors from Monday 7th August until Sunday 20th August, 10:30am – 6pm. Find us next to the Summerhouse Café in Bute Park.

Come and visit us!

For more information, contact Rose via 01656 724100 or Email.

Notes for editor:

Contact – Rebecca Vincent, Marketing & Communications Officer; Email – 01656 724100.

Credit Photos: Photos are for a one time use and to be credited to the photographer who’s name can be found in the image title.
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The Trust – The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales is the largest charitable organisation working exclusively on all aspects of wildlife conservation in south and west Wales. Our mission is to protect and improve habitats and wildlife in our local area as well as helping people to enjoy and understand their local wildlife. Our vision is for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone. We achieve this through:

Acquiring and managing nature reserves – we currently manage around 85 nature reserves throughout South and West Wales (including Skomer and Skokholm islands). From ancient woodland to wetland, wildflower meadow to marsh, reed bed to heathland, they contain a rich variety of species, many extremely rare. These nature reserves form a land holding equal to approximately 4,000 acres. Of these reserves 10 lie within Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas, seven are National Nature Reserves (NNRs), 40 are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and five are Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

Acting as wildlife champions – by advising on policy and planning, campaigning on wildlife issues, and protecting wildlife beyond our reserves. We provide habitat and species management advice directly to those managing land and we also work with key partners and local people to promote habitat enhancement and restoration.

Helping people understand, protect and celebrate their environment – the Trust promotes the view that people from all sections of society should have access to wildlife and the natural world for enjoyment, learning, and well-being. We invest in the future by helping all ages to gain a better understanding of nature. Our work with schools and our junior club, Wildlife Watch, is enjoyed by hundreds of children.

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Shani Lawrence Garden Designs

Shani is an award winning garden designer based in Pembrokeshire.

Shani has been friendly with wildlife since childhood, when she could be found rooting around for spiders and ladybirds. She now incorporates homes for her former playmates in the gardens of her unsuspecting clients. Shani likes to design wildlife-friendly, sustainable gardens that are places of relaxation and wonder. Contact Shani to unleash her creativity on your patch.

Calling Cardiff Allotments and Community Gardens!

Bug Hotel Competition Flyer 1 WTSWW

Calling all Cardiff Allotmenteers and Community Gardeners!

Enter our competition this year to build a bug hotel to create habitat for wildlife such as solitary bees and lacewings on your allotment or in your community garden.

Enter by the 1st September 2017 to be in with a chance to win some wildlife gardening goodies for your community space.

To enter, email Rose or tag us on social media and use the hashtags #MyWildCardiff #MyWildAllotment

Bug Hotel Competition Flyer 1 WTSWW






Bug Hotel Competition Flyer 2 WTSWW

New Deluxe Bug Hotels Open in Cardiff!

On Monday 10th July, we set up camp outside Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff and invited people to come along and make their own bug hotels to take home and install in their gardens.

Lots of people came along and filled up their plastic bottles with twigs, straw, cardboard and old leaves to create a deluxe bug hotel to put up in their own gardens.

We also had lots of information about bees and what you can do in your garden for them. You can download information about wildlife gardening from our website here.

We’d love to help you create more habitat for wildlife in your own garden- if you live in the Canton or Pontcanna area in Cardiff, you are eligible for a free Bug Hotel or pack of wildflower seeds! Contact Rose to find out more.


My Wild Garden in Bute Park


We are really excited to announce that this year we will be building a pop-up Wildlife Garden in Bute Park, Cardiff, to showcase the features of a wildlife garden and help people learn how they can create them in their own gardens.

The garden will be open to the public from Monday 7th August to Sunday 20th August from 10:30am- 6pm every day. You can find it next to the Bute Park Education Centre/ Secret Garden Cafe, right in the heart of the park.

We are really pleased that garden designer Shani Lawrence (Shani Lawrence Garden Designs) is designing the garden for us and working with us to build it- thank you very much to Shani and Dan!

We will be looking for willing helpers to volunteer with us on the garden, to help talk to visitors about wildlife gardening. If you are interested in helping out, or would like more information, please contact Rose on email or 01656 724100.

This project is funded with the generous support of the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Bee Friendly in your Garden

Bee on cow parsley, Sunnybank NR, Sheffield City Centre

As part of the My Wild Cardiff project, funded with the generous support of the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we are helping neighbourhoods around Cardiff welcome their wildlife neighbours into their gardens.

The neighbourhood around Pontcanna and Canton is surrounded by green spaces and parks, so anything that people can do in their gardens to create more habitat for the wildlife in the area, will help wildlife move from park to park and strengthen the populations.

We are now working to help the Pontcanna and Canton neighbourhood create habitat for bees in their gardens. through the creation of bug hotels, nesting habitat for burrow nesting bees and nectar cafes.

We are holding an event at the Canton Community Garden at Chapter Arts Centre on Monday 10th July, from 6pm-8pm, where local residents can come along and make a mini bug home, plant some seeds to take home and learn more about wildlife gardening. Why not come and join us?

More information from Rose on email or phone 01656 724100

Heath Park is a Neighbourhood for Newts

As part of the My Wild Cardiff project, we have been working with the neighbourhood around Heath Park to help the residents in the area learn more about newts and how they can help them in their own gardens.

Back in April, we started by doing a leaflet drop to houses in the area, which contained information about newts and how you can create habitat for newts in your own gardens and a mini garden survey, as well as an invitation to go out looking for newts in Heath Park.

A number of residents responded to the survey, showing us that newts are readily using garden ponds in the area, including Great Crested Newts.

Seven people came along on Friday 31st April to look for newts in the ponds in Heath Park- we used a ‘torching’ method, where you shine a bright light into the pond and look for the newts. We saw hundreds of Palmate Newts, including males in breeding condition which was lovely to see!

The My Wild Cardiff Project is funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.