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Gardening with Wildlife in Mind database

Common Lizard - Credit Tom Marshall

If you are new to wildlife gardening, it can daunting knowing what to plant in the space you have available, and what wildlife this may attract. But don't worry, help is at hand...

The Wildlife Trusts/Royal Horticultural Society run the Gardening with Wildlife In Mind database which aims to help gardeners choose plants that attract wildlife. Featuring a search tool and information and photos on hundreds of creatures and plants, the database will help you to develop your own wildlife garden.

Anyone with a garden can make a difference for wildlife, and that doesn’t have to mean turning into a wilderness. Simple steps like not using pesticides and choosing certain types of plant will mean more ladybirds, butterflies and bees – or maybe you would like to create an area to benefit wildlife such as a pond, hedge or meadow. Whatever you would like to do, this database can help, whatever your level of gardening and the space you have available.

The information on the database focuses on 300 or so distinctive and desirable species that are found in the garden, including species such as slugs and snails – we know most gardeners would rather not have these, but there is no escape from them! They are not all bad, either. Slugs and snails provide food for animals and birds like frogs and song thrushes and help to break down decaying vegetation.

Visit the Gardening with Wildlife in Mind database now!