Let’s get this out of the way first: I am not a gardener. I love a garden, I have even had gardens in the past, but my fingers are definitely not green! I was always more your emergency tidier when it came close to a visit from the letting agent! Now I have a yard where I do what I can with pots and grow bags.
I challenged myself this year to give a talk on wildlife gardening, and whilst I have the opportunity to spend more time with my laptop, I have put something together (do please get in contact if you want to book me for later in the year). For research, I went on a colourful journey through websites and books, and thought it might be worth using my newfound knowledge in a blog.
You are probably already part of a Nature Recovery Network, so thanks. The Wildlife Trust movement is trying to encourage people to think about how all different kinds of land can be used to connect wildlife. Many people will not be in a position to influence how their local park is managed, or how the new housing estate is designed, but most people can improve their garden for wildlife.
When I started to write up my research, there was so much, that I have written a series of blogs. Hopefully they offer simple advice for people new to wildlife gardening. This one just includes some very basic tips. More specific advice can be found on our website or in future blogs.