Make 2018 the year you create a wildlife garden
Although we’ve still got mince pies to eat and silly festive hats to wear, we are already looking forward to 2018 and the New Years Resolutions we are going to make.
As you probably know, wildlife across the UK is struggling. And sadly, this includes garden wildlife. Studies conducted in 2017 indicate that Hedgehogs have declined by as much as 40% in the last decade. The State of UK Butterflies Report 2011 revealed that ‘common’ garden butterflies had declined by 24% in the last decade. Garden birds have also been hit, for example, House Sparrows declined by 150 million birds in the past 35 years.
Next year we are going to make a New Years Resolution to create a wildlife garden and we challenge you to join in too! We would like you to join us each month of 2018 to create a new feature for wildlife in your garden and we will be here to guide you every step of the way.
On the first of each month, a new challenge will be announced on this page and on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram streams. All you have to do to join in is sign up on this page , follow our social media streams if you are on them, complete each challenge and send us photos of you completing the challenge to us on social media using the hashtag #MyWildGardenYear or on email using the subject line 'My Wild Garden Year'
Those who complete all the challenges (or show us proof that you already have that particular feature in the garden) within the course of the year will be entered into a prize draw this time next year.
So look out for the first challenge announcement on New Years Day on our webpage or social media. Hint- the first challenge will involve creating a home for your feathered friends!