Wild About Gardens

Wild About Gardens

WildNet - Kieron Huston

The Wildlife Trusts and the RHS set up Wild About Gardens to celebrate wildlife gardening and to encourage people to use their gardens to take action to help support nature. Many of our common garden visitors – including hedgehogs, house sparrows, starlings and beetles – are increasingly under threat. 

But together we can make a difference!

Bring back our beetles

Wild About Gardens beetle booklet cover

This year we’re going wild about beetles! Beetles are a vital part of any wildlife garden but, unfortunately, beetle populations are threatened by things like pesticides, habitat loss and climate change - but you can help!

Download the free guide for additional information and pledge to create a beetle home. Your pledge will appear on a national map!

Download the free guide       

Pledge a patch to beetles

Beetle spotting

How familiar are you with common UK beetles? Use the spotter sheet below to identify some of them. 

Beetle ID sheet
Common cockchafer

Common cockchafer / Maybug (Melolontha melolontha), crawling on garden bench with house in background, Wiltshire garden, UK, May. - Nick Upton/2020VISION

The brilliance of beetles

Steve Garland, chair of Lancashire Wildlife Trust and beetle expert, explores the world of these incredible, armoured insects.

Read the blog

Wildlife gardening

Private gardens make up 20% of our cities. A garden or yard is a valuable home for wildlife by night and day, and is also a vital refuge for many kinds of wildlife. 

That's why they're so important, providing space for wildlife and forming links between larger green spaces to make wildlife corridors. 

Wildlife-friendly gardening

Encourage beetles into your garden by building a beetle bank. 

Build a beetle bank

Wildlife gardening talks

Support our work

Did you enjoy your visit? From donating to volunteering, there are many different ways you can help us restore and protect local wildlife. We can't do this without you!

How you can help

Betony at Upwood Meadows June  - c. Robert Enderby

Become a member

Help fight the rapid decline in wildlife across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire and enjoy some fabulous benefits. From only £3.50/month

Join us today