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Take part in citizen science in the UK's biggest nature reserve - our gardens. Help us understand how gardens can help our wildlife thrive.

Gardenwatch is a collaborative project between BTO and the Springwatch team. We need you to tell us about your garden and its wildlife so we can build a comprehensive picture of how gardens can help UK wildlife species to thrive in the future. Together, the UK’s gardens cover a larger area than Suffolk and so arguably form our most important nature reserve. As towns and cities become more densely populated and expand into the wider countryside, gardens are becoming an increasingly vital refuge for wildlife.  But which birds, mammals, invertebrates and other wildlife do we share our gardens with, and why? And more importantly, what can we do to help support them? We want to carry out the UK’s biggest ever garden audit, building a picture of the resources available for wildlife in gardens up and down the country, and surveying some of the wild visitors they attract. Choose a mission below to take part.

Time / skill required

  • A minimum of 20 minutes spent on each Gardenwatch mission is recommended.
  • Able to identify our 10 most common garden birds by sight.
  • Download the helpful resource PDFs for each mission.

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Mission 1 - Beyond the backdoor

Beyond the backdoor - what are your garden's defining features?

Mission 2 - Worm detective

Below ground - what's lurking under your lawn?

Mission 3 - Bird detective

Is your outdoor space providing the resources birds need to feed, nest, shelter and find water?

Mission 4 - Mammal detective

Be a mammal detective - who are your furry neighbours?

How you can help wildlife in your garden

If you've enjoyed taking part in Gardenwatch, find out what to do next.

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