Introduction to garden wildlife
This section has grown to be by far the largest part of our website. It aims to give an introduction and guide - not to all the species found in gardens - but to all the major groups of species. Some popular garden-living groups, such as butterflies, birds and bees, are well covered on the web, and we will not give much space to these, but instead provide links and guides to these already excellent sources. There is a lot of information on garden wildlife in general on the RHS/Wildlife Trust website Wild about Gardens
. You can also find a list of useful books and leaflets on garden wildlife through our Finding out More page
We are concentrating here on the smaller and less charismatic fauna and flora of gardens, especially the insects, of which Dr Jennifer Owen
found nearly 2,000
species in her modest Leicester garden. Her work allows us to estimate that more than 8,000 insect species
may be encountered in gardens if you look hard enough and have access to professional help in identifying species.
While most people think of animals as wildlife, the wild plants that live in our gardens are just as interesting and important, and we now have a large and growing section on garden wildplants
, arranged by types of plants and by their habitat preferences.
By now, most of the pages we need have been written, posted on the website, and available via the menu bar above. Below is a list of additional pages we will be adding.
This is where you can help!
If you would like to contribute pages on the groups below, or have good photographs
we would be delighted to receive and use them (with due acknowledgement of authorship) on this site. Please contact us
using the Website comments, photos or offers of help
form if you may be able to help with photos or drawings, or especially video clips
and sound recordings
We would also be most grateful for material to correct or extend the pages and photos we have already published
Further Pages we plan to include:
Keys to major invertebrate groups
Life in soil
Birds (Pages dealing mainly with practical aspects since so many other good sites cover garden bird species)