Wildlife Gardening

Bee on cow parsley Paul Hobson

Our own back gardens are often the place where we encounter wildlife most regularly. It will probably be the place where we first come across it whether it be digging up worms (to add to that mud pie) or being engrossed in the antics of ants. Children and adults alike all benefit from being out in a garden and wildlife can benefit from these refuges. The RHS and the Wildlife Trusts have set up a joint website with some great resources on how to improve your garden for wildlife.

Below we have a number of Wildlife Trust guides and videos on how you can improve your garden for wildlife. All are packed full of hints and tips on how to make your garden a wildlife haven! Click on the photos for more information.

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

Garden News

  • 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 ...
  • Calling Cardiff Allotments and Community Gardens! Bug Hotel Competition Flyer 1 WTSWWCalling 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • My Wild Garden in Bute Park bumblebeeWe 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 ...
  • Bee Friendly in your Garden 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 ...
  • How to look after Newts in your Garden male great crested newt swimming Dave KilbeyWe’ve prepared some fact sheets about newts and how you can look after them in your garden. View them below or download by clicking on the pictures.  
  • Get Busy for our Bees bumblebeeAs spring approaches it’s a good time to start thinking about our pollinators and how we can help them. Pollinators are creatures that transport pollen from different flowers in order to fertilise them and produce more fruit and seeds. Bees are a main pollinator species worldwide and there are 27 species of bumblebee in the ...
  • Marine Themed RHS Garden RHS Basking Shark by Out To Learn WillowIn April 2016 we were lucky enough to be included in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Flower Show in Cardiff for yet another year. Our show garden this year was marine wildlife themed, this was to support our current appeal and raise awareness of the shocking 39% decline worldwide that we have seen in our marine wildlife. Astonishingly it ...
  • Swansea Makes a Splash- Rain Gardens Officially Opened Today, on St David’s Day, a day of celebration for Wales, the opening of a new Rain Garden was celebrated in Swansea. The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, funded by Natural Resources Wales, has been working at the Swansea Vale Resource Centre with New Horizons, a support organisation for people with disabilities, to create ...
  • Christmas craft fund raising day at The Welsh Wildlife Centre On Saturday 12th December in conjunction with Hedgely Hogspital we will be holding a joint fund raising children’s craft day at The Visitors Centre here in Cilgerran. Hedgely Hogspital are a hedgehog rescue and rehabilitation charity covering the local area. We will have a range of fun Christmas craft activities available including wreath making, Christmas tree ...
  • Help a Hedgehog HedgehogHedgehogs are unusual-looking and secretive creatures, which are a real treat to see in Britain. There is simply nothing else like them. Unfortunately Hedgehogs are becoming rarer to see as their numbers are declining in the UK. Habitat loss, a decline in food resources and a loss of connectivity in the landscape are all thought to ...
  • A Winning Garden for Wildlife Every year for the last four years we have had a garden at the RHS in Cardiff, Lyndsey, our Communications Officer, is a keen but AMATEUR gardener and has designed the garden each time and Gina her partner in crime reckons she often kills her plants. As this year saw our second commendation award it just ...
  • Crassula Invasion Paul and Crassula filled pondNot only is this invasive weed at Parc Slip but it is also infesting two out of three remote ponds at our newest west Glamorgan reserve, the Dranges. This job became a priority due to the need to attempt to get the weed under control before the growing season and also because of the pretty heavy ...
  • Frog spawn season; what do you need to know? The onset of the warmer weather in February brought the start of the amphibian breeding season and the welcome appearance of frog and toad spawn in Britain’s ponds. If you are lucky enough to have spawn in your pond, we have a number of pointers for you to help you look after your amphibians. Firstly, you ...
  • The Dangers of Invasive Plants Crassula helmsii by V MatthewsSouth Wales is something of a hotspot for invasive plant species, with Himalayan (Indian) Balsam and Japanese Knotweed rightly getting a lot of the publicity due to their ubiquity. However there is another invasive non-native plant species that is possibly even worse than those due to how difficult it is to remove; Crassula helmsii, sometimes ...
  • Could you be a Welsh Wildlife Hero? WWH_Partner_Logo_Final“Welsh Wildlife Heroes” is a major new project, between The Co-operative Group in Wales and Wildlife Trusts in Wales, established to deliver a programme of activities in Wales using the proceeds raised in The Co-operative’s Food and Pharmacy businesses as a result of the Welsh Government’s 5p Carrier Bag Levy. Some £750,000 will be distributed across ...
  • The Wildlife Trusts’ Guide to a Garden Winter Wonderland Hedgehog_Tom_Marshall-4In a world that is rapidly losing its green spaces, our gardens are mini wildlife havens that are becoming increasingly important for wildlife. Over winter, when ‘the weather outside is frightful’, there is much you can do to help your garden wildlife survive and even attract new species to your garden. Here are the Wildlife Trust ...
  • Watch out for frogs and toads in your bonfire pile. Common Female Toad by A PriceIt’s that time of year again when we build bonfires, nibble on a toffee apple and make pretty patterns in the air with a sparkler.  We would just like to remind you of the wildlife which could be hiding in your bonfires. In autumn, hedgehogs, frogs, newts and toads search for places to hibernate and piles ...
  • Living Lawns Living lawn yellow pimpernell - L. MaidenThis is the time of year (when the weather permits) that you hear the familiar hum of the lawnmower as thousands of people pull them out from their winter shelter and start the summer pilgrimage round the garden. Perhaps it is a slightly British obsession to have neat bowling green lawns, a sense of respectability created ...
  • Nectar Cafe at the Cardiff RHS Last year was our first attempt at a garden at the Cardiff RHS and after enjoying the experience we decided to have another garden this year. This year we decided to focus on the importance of pollinators, because they face so many challenges at this time we felt it important to show how you can ...
  • Learning to Love Ivy Wasp feeding on an ivy flower Paul HobsonA much maligned plant, common ivy (Hedera helix) is often thought to be responsible for the death of trees and, as a consequence, is routinely cut back. Ivy is not a parasitic plant however. The fine aerial roots, which people often assume are taking nutrients from trees, are anchors and only penetrate the bark  allowing ...
  • Green Deserts or Verdant Pastures? Wildflower Meadow by Kieron HustonThe great British obsession does sometimes seem to be a lawn. People seem to desire a perfectly manicured green carpet around their house, sadly this can create, what we call, a green desert where nothing really thrives. At this time of year you often hear the mowers roar into life (when the weather is at least ...
  • March – When Wildlife Gardening Comes to Life Native DaffodilAt this time of year the garden springs to life as hidden bulbs burst through the ground and bumblebees emerge and drunkenly fly from flower to flower.With the song thrush singing from 6 in the morning through to 6 in the evening and the surprisingly loud song of the wren bursting from hedges and shrubs ...
  • Invest in a WildLove Nest HedgehogPeople from Cardiff to Aberystwyth are being asked to give love a helping hand between St Dwynwen’s and St Valentine’s day by the Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society. By providing shelter, food, and wildlife corridors, you can offer space for wild species to come together, and play a vital role for the next generation ...
  • Autumn on Strike Coed y Bwl DaffodilsThe Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) have been receiving reports and seeing for themselves some fairly odd sightings for autumn. Whilst our summer visitors have left us and our winter visitors such as fieldfares and redwings have arrived it would seem that not all our wildlife is aware that winter is on the ...
  • Creating a Pond and Bog Ragged robin (L Maiden)This is a great time of year to put a pond or wetland area into your garden. Ponds bring with them a wealth of wildlife, attracting birds and mammals for a drink and creating the perfect habitat for a wide variety of invertebrates and amphibians. A successful pond needs; sloping sides to ensure hedgehogs do not ...
  • Create a Nectar Cafe Buff Tailed Bumble Bee by Vicky NallInsects are vital  in the garden. The hoverfly young often feed off aphids, making them particularly useful as pest control, whilst many insects help ensure you have seeds or fruit from your plants. Even if they did not provide a useful function we would miss the hum of bees and the beauty of butterflies and ...
  • Planting a Hedgerow hawthorn berries by L MaidenAutumn is a great time of year to be thinking about planting a hedge. The new plants (preferably bare rooted and locally sourced) will be dormant in the next few weeks and should bed in well. Planting a hedgerow is a real investment into the future, as it develops it will provide food and shelter for ...
  • Help the Bugs in October 7 Spot Ladybird on Fern by Zsuzsanna Bird Insects are an important part of any ecosystem. Without them we would not have anything to pollinate our flowers, they provide food for our birds and mammals, they even help keep each other in check. We should be encouraging bugs of all kinds into our gardens. In October pond skaters, whirlygigs and water boatmen can still ...
  • October in the Garden Autumn leaves Chris MaguireVivid colours are spreading amongst the trees, as leaves take on shades of gold, red and brown. Fungi are sprouting on lawns, trees, rotting wood and anywhere else they can. The weather is cooler and probably wetter, perhaps the occasional frost or hail shower announces that winter approaches. But for now there should still be ...
  • Enter the Joint RHS and Wildlife Trusts Garden Competition Robin by Jon HawkinsEnter our Big Wildlife Garden competition! Entry is free, and prizes will include a year’s membership of both the Royal Horticultural Society, and your local Wildlife Trust, plus attendance at a wildlife gardening masterclass at the Hampton Court Flower Show. Sarah Raven, gardener, writer and television presenter, will be on the BWG competition judging panel. What you ...
  • WTSWW and BTO Wildlife Garden Conference in Cardiff Swallow (Hirundo rustica) c_David_MartinThe British Trust for Ornithology and WTSWW have organised a joint Garden Wildlife Conference will be held on Saturday 22nd October 2011 in the prestigious Main Building at Cardiff University. To book please download Cardiff BTO/WTSWW conference booking form and return by 14th October 2011 to: Garden Ecology Team, BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 ...
  • Cardiff Wildlife Garden Survey – 6.7.2011 Slow Worm by Bruce ShortlandCardiff Garden Wildlife Revealed Have you ever checked at the bottom of your garden for hedgehogs? Or snuck a peek in your compost bins for slow worms? Well your local Wildlife Trust in south and west Wales are asking you to do just that. In a new survey for 2011 the Wildlife Trust of South and West ...