How to help the wildlife in your garden

How does the UK garden for wildlife? Gardenwatch was the biggest-ever stocktake of garden wildlife, adding breadth to the wealth of wildlife knowledge gathered by BTO over many decades. The data collected by Gardenwatch will serve as a resource for wildlife gardening research for many years to come, but we have drawn together some of the immediate highlights in these handy factsheets. These contain insights into key garden species, and how you can provide for them.

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Gardenwatch - spotlight on Blackbird (PDF, 1.74MB)

Why our gardens are so popular for the ubiquitous songster, and what we can do to attract them.


Gardenwatch - spotlight on House Sparrow (PDF, 1.39 MB)

Why House Sparrow is in decline, and what we can do to provide for them.


Gardenwatch - spotlight on Chaffinch (PDF, 1.24 MB)

Find out how Chaffinch presence varies between countries, and what types of feed will attract them.


Gardenwatch - spotlight on Robin (PDF, 1.96 MB)

Robins are more prevalent in southern and eastern England - find out what types of plants will help provide for them.


Gardenwatch - spotlight on Bats (PDF, 967.85 KB)

Bats are more prevalent in gardens in Scotland and Wales. Find out what to plant to attract the invertebrates that they eat.


Gardenwatch - spotlight on Hedgehog (PDF, 1.70 MB)

Find out where Hedgehogs are most likely to be found and what habitat to provide for them.

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If you took part in Gardenwatch, you'll enjoy our year-round Garden BirdWatch survey. It has been going for nearly 25 years, with over 18,000 people telling us what birds and other wildlife are using their gardens. By sending in weekly lists, our Garden BirdWatchers help with important research into the importance of gardens for wildlife.

Stay connected to nature, learn about your garden wildlife and contribute to important scientific research without leaving your home. We're giving everyone free access to BTO Garden BirdWatch during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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