My Wild Garden Year

My Wild Garden Year My Wild Cardiff Wildlife Trust

Did 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 garden wildlife.

My Wild Garden Year My Wild Cardiff Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales Studies conducted in 2017 indicate that Hedgehogs have declined by as much as 40% in the last decade [1].

The State of UK Butterflies Report 2011 revealed that ‘common’ garden butterflies had declined by 24% in the last decade [2].

Garden birds have also been hit, for example, House Sparrows declined by 150 million birds in the past 35 years [3].

How to take part  

  • Follow our Facebook, Twitter and/ or Instagram Streams
  • Sign up to the mailing list to be kept up to date:
  • Look out for the announcement of each challenge on the first day of the month (these will be announced on this page and on each social media stream)
  • Complete the challenge (instructions can be found on the announcement each month)
  • Send us your photos on social media using the hashtag #MyWildGardenYear or on email using the subject line My Wild Garden Year.
  • If you don’t manage to complete the challenge within the month, don’t be discouraged! As long as you complete it within the year and send us your photos you will still be in the running for the prize!


 

So how can you help?

There are lots of wildlife friendly features that you can add to your garden to make life just a bit easier for your wildlife neighbours.

This year, we challenge you to make 2018 the year you create a wildlife garden.

Each month, we will issue a new challenge to create a particular wildlife feature in your garden/ allotment or wild space. We’d then like you to show us what you have created

WTSWW's pop up garden in Bute ParkAlready got the particular feature in your garden? Not to worry- you can still take part by sending in your photos, or better yet, why not create another one! You can submit your photos to us on social media using the hashtag #MyWildGardenYear or send them through to us by email, with the subject title ‘My Wild Garden Year‘.

Those who manage to stick with us for the whole year and create a new wildlife feature in the garden each month, will be entered into a prize draw at the end of the year to win some brilliant wildlife prizes.

So what have you got to lose! Make 2018 the year you create a wildlife garden.


Latest My Wild Garden Year News

  • 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 ...

 

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