Local Action – Wilder Future

We can all act now to help our wonderful local wildlife and put nature into recovery!

From the smallest change like wildlife gardening, to using less plastic, to building a bug hotel, to making more space for nature in your garden, to joining your Wildlife Trust local group, to volunteering or attending Trust organised events… everyone can make a positive difference for nature. We can all help wildlife by doing a little bit of wildlife gardening. Whether you have a meadow or a window box everyone can do their bit.

We have lots happening in our Cardiff Project which also has some great ideas for wherever you are based. We are also looking for volunteers at our Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, or you could volunteer out on our reserves and in our offices.

Support your local Wildlife Trust

What you can do in your back yard

Wildlife Pond Pack

Build a Bird Box

Hedgerows for Wildlife

Composting

Creature feature

Plant a Wildflower Meadow

Bird Furniture

Organic Gardening

Rain Gardens

 

Feeding Garden Birds

Furry Furniture

Pest or guest

Wild about gardens

Gardening for Butterflies

Building a bat box

Trees and shade plants

Wildlife friendly slug and snail control

A Year in the Garden

  • Help Wildlife Survive this Winter Help Wildlife Survive this WinterThere are little things that we can all do this winter to ensure that the colder season is easier for our local wildlife friends. Here are a few suggestions… Pop out bird feeders full of delicious seeds Floating a tennis ball in a pond, or source of water, will prevent it from freezing over Let your garden grow wild ...
  • December- My Wild Garden Year December- My Wild Garden YearFor the last My Wild Garden Year challenge of 2018, we’d like you to plant a wildlife-friendly hedge or if you have no room, fruiting trees.    Planting a native hedge is a brilliant way to divide a garden, define boundaries and hide unsightly features, and they are of great value for wildlife, acting as corridors for movement from ...
  • November- My Wild Garden Year November- My Wild Garden YearFor this month’s My Wild Garden Year challenge, it’s time to create the ultimate wildlife garden feature- a wildlife pond!    Creating a wildlife pond is the best thing you can do for wildlife in your garden or outdoor area. They provide breeding places for amphibians and homes for numerous invertebrates, which in turn encourage other wildlife such as ...
  • October- My Wild Garden Year October- My Wild Garden YearFor this month’s My Wild Garden Year challenge, look after your hibernating Hedgehogs by building a home for them in your garden.    Hedgehogs are declining across the whole of the United Kingdom, due to loss of habitat, busy roads and obstructions to movement. Neat and tidy gardens may not provide many opportunities for Hedgehogs to nest or hibernate, ...
  • September- My Wild Garden Year September- My Wild Garden YearFor this month’s My Wild Garden Year challenge, it’s a tough one! Create a home for reptiles and amphibians to hibernate in your garden.     There is a novel kind of raised bed you can build which will also provide hibernation sites for wildlife, known as ‘Huglekultur’. It provides a home for wildlife whilst also providing a rich soil ...
  • August- My Wild Garden Year August- My Wild Garden YearFor this month’s My Wild Garden Year challenge, put up bat boxes to look after your nocturnal neighbours.  Make a home for bats in your garden and put up bat boxes on large trees or buildings. Be aware that bats are protected, so avoid trees or buildings that you wish to do work on in the future where ...
  • July- My Wild Garden Year July- My Wild Garden YearFor this month’s My Wild Garden Year challenge, create a home for newts to shelter.  A rock pile is a great thing to add to your garden for wildlife, especially in conjunction with a garden pond. Amphibians such as Great Crested Newts and Toads will crawl into the cracks in the stones for shelter and hibernation sites, and ...
  • June- My Wild Garden Year June- My Wild Garden YearFor this month’s My Wild Garden Year challenge, open your own Nectar Cafe in your garden for pollinators like butterflies and bumblebees.  The garden will now be coming alive with bees, butterflies and other nectar-loving invertebrates, which you can help by creating a nectar café. 1. Choose a sunny, sheltered spot in the garden and mark out a flower ...
  • May- My Wild Garden Year May- My Wild Garden YearFor this month’s My Wild Garden Year challenge, we would like you to create ‘Bugingham Palace’ for the bugs in your garden. This is a great activity for adults and children alike! ‘Insect hotels’ can come in any shape and size. You can go large and use stacked pallets as your frame, or you can use a smaller ...
  • April- My Wild Garden Year April- My Wild Garden YearFor this month’s My Wild Garden Year challenge, make a deadwood garden to create shelter for invertebrates, Hedgehogs and Wrens.    Log piles are a great good creature feature to add to your garden. They will provide areas for shelter and food for many different species, including amphibians, Hedgehogs, lizards and invertebrates such as beetles. Fungi and lichens will ...
  • March- My Wild Garden Year March- My Wild Garden YearFor this month’s My Wild Garden Year challenge, create a wildlife-friendly compost heap for the Hedgehogs, Slow Worms and Invertebrates in your garden.  A compost heap is a great way of getting rid of your kitchen and garden waste, whilst creating food for your garden and a home for wildlife at the same time. Invertebrates such as beetles ...
  • February- My Wild Garden Year February- My Wild Garden YearFor this month’s My Wild Garden Year challenge, we would like you to create an artificial nesting site for queen bumblebees in your garden. Early in the spring, generally from March onwards depending on the weather, Queen Bumblebees will emerge from hibernation to feed and look for places to build their nests. They use structures like ...
  • My Wild Garden Year- Introduction My Wild Garden Year- IntroductionDid you know that in the UK, there is more land managed as gardens than all the nature reserves across the UK put together? Imagine what a difference we could make for UK wildlife if everyone did gardened with wildlife in mind. As you probably know, wildlife across the UK is struggling. And sadly, this includes ...
  • January- My Wild Garden Year January- My Wild Garden YearFor this month’s My Wild Garden Year challenge, we would like you to put up nest boxes for birds in your garden. Many garden birds nest or roost in hollow trees and holes in trees. Unfortunately, these days most old and lying trees and branches, which offer the best nesting and roosting sites, are routinely cut ...
  • Who’s up for a challenge?! Who’s up for a challenge?!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 ...