Gardens can offer a fantastic biodiversity resource. They provide stepping stones in urban areas which can be used by mobile species to move between suitable areas of habitat and often they contain a wide range of habitats such as water features, shrub borders, flower borders, stone and log piles, compost heaps and sheds / buildings. These can support a wide range of flora and fauna. It is estimated that the average wildlife garden can support in the order of 3,000 species.
With over 15 million domestic gardens in the UK (some 3% of the land area), the potential for gardens to contribute to biodiversity conservation efforts becomes apparent.
The problem is, there is a paucity of information available on which species occur in domestic gardens in Pembrokeshire. This is where you can help! The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales has just launched its Pembrokeshire Garden Survey in conjunction with Pembrokeshire Biodiversity Partnership. The simple survey form can be either completed online or downloaded. A hard copy can also be requested from Nathan Walton, Wildlife Trust Officer for Pembrokeshire, Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire, SA43 2TB.
It only takes a short while to complete and provides links to easy to use identification guides if you’re not sure what you’ve found. The resulting data will be analysed to help guide actions to meet the targets of our Urban / Brown Field Habitat Action Plan.
Go on, get involved!