This website is a developing resource for the Wildlife Gardening Forum and for the community of wildlife gardeners, conventional gardeners, allotmenteers, natural historians, ecologists and policy makers in Britain and beyond.As a small volunteer based charity, we are creating our website content through specialists on our trustee board, and many members with high levels of experience.
We want to make the site a source for all relevant evidence-based information about gardens, people and biodiversity, and fill the gaps which the many other websites about garden wildlife tend not to cover. Indeed where other sites cover subjects extremely well, such as for birds and butterflies, we will not reinvent the wheel but give you links to the sites we admire. Consequently, we are concentrating on the scientific evidence behind garden biodiversity, the evidence about garden management for biodiversity, and information relevant to education, human health training, planning and new build housing.
The material is presented here at three levels. For some big topics such as garden biodiversity there is an introductory page which summarises what lies beneath. The main pages reached through the menus present a basic and uncomplicated summary of what is known on the subject. In many cases however we have created downloadable pdf files which provide considerably more information for those people who are interested. These documents contain proper references to sources such as scientific papers.
There will be new pages appearing on a regular basis, including over 100 pages on the varieties of garden wildlife, with identification and life cycle data. As new pages are created, they will appear in the main menu, and we will flag their appearance here and on the front page.
A section has been added to Garden Wildlife
on the Hemiptera, an extremely important and diverse group which doesn't attrct as much information as it deserves. There are 14 pages covering the Hemiptera
with lots of images and links.
This is the section of the site we are concentrating on at present, with a lot (c 60) more pages drafted and only needing editing and providing with illustrations before they can go live.
The new site-search page introduced ito Garden Wildlife and its subsidiary pages, has now been extended across the whole site, and is much better to use.
We are currently working on a new "How To.." section which will have simple pages giving clear advice on how to do simple wildlife gardening projects effectively, such as install a bee hotel, provide a bird bath, or using bird nesting boxes.
We have now added sections on butterflies and moths
to the site. There is a new sub-section on bow businesses use their grounds
for biodiversity. A page on the Sheffield University Biodiversity in Urban Gardens project, and others on the dragonflies and damsels follow shortly.
All the 74 pages on garden insect groups are now in place, reached through our introduction page here
. The page on the Bugs project is here
1st April 2020
New page on Gartenzwerge added, discussing evolution, colonisation of Britain and Ireland and the basic biology of this garden feature.
The Arthropods are finished! - with pages on the arachnids
and the crustacea
. There are now pages on the molluscs
, including the under-recorded pond bivalves
. In Practical Advice, there is a great new page
"Tidiness - are messy gardens better for wildlife?"
New pages are in preparation on the few remaining animal groups. The plants pages will start to appear soon, and we are researching pages on Wildlife Gardening Myths, Urban ecology and Urban Evolution. We would welcome offers to write material for new topics on this site.