Towns and gardens

Towns and gardens

Garden tiger moth by Tom Marshall

A wildlife-friendly garden is really important

Built up areas and gardens might at first sight seem unlikely places for finding wildlife. Surprisingly they can provide homes for some of our most spectacular wildlife, from city peregrines to urban otters!



WildNet - Tessa Andrews

Foxes, badgers and hedgehogs are all at home in our towns and gardens. Garden ponds provide homes for frogs, common toads and newts. Swifts, house martins and pipistrelle bats make our homes and buildings their homes too!

Garden birds

House sparrows, song thrushes, dunnocks and starlings have all declined in the countryside, and are species of high conservation concern. But they too can benefit from simple actions to provide food and breeding habitats in our gardens. Feeding the birds brings us closer to nature, and there's a good chance you'll see any of these in your very own back garden or park.

Make a bird feeder Explore garden bird species

Download the garden bird spotter sheet! 


Garden mammals

Many mammals have learnt to adapt to our towns and gardens; keep a look out for. There are lots of ways you can help mammals in your back garden.

Build a hedgehog house Create a mini pond

Download the urban wildlife spotter sheet! 

Garden plants

Plants are not only beautiful, they also encourage pollinators, such as bees, to come to our gardens.

Make seed bombs Create a garden wigwam for plants

Download the summer flower spotter Grow flowers for butterflies

Garden minibeasts

Not only are minibeasts fascinating to watch, they're also essential for so many reasons. They're pollinators and they provide a food source to the other wildlife that inhabit our gardens.

Make an insect hotel Make compost

Download the minibeast spottersheet!

Garden pond

Anna Williams

Did you know?

There are estimated to be more than two million garden ponds in the UK and these are fantastic habitats for frogs and newts.

Make your own mini pond