Introduction to garden wildlife
This section will grow 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 will be 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.
As we develop this phase of our website, we have a lot of material nearly ready to publish, and in the next months this section will start to build rapidly. We will need to devise simple guides to the complexity of the different insect groups, and find suitable pictures to illustrate the adult insects and their life cycles.
This is where you can help!
We have listed below the list of pages on garden wildlife we plan to include. Thanks to hard work by Andrew Halstead, we have draft texts for pretty much all the invertebrate pages, and with help from our partner organisations, many texts for other groups too. These are shown in green. Pages already on the site are shown as links.
If you have good photographs, especially of the more obscure insect and invertebrate groups, and their younger stages, ideally with the correct name of the creature concerned, 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
Pages we plan to include:
Insects and other invertebrates Other groups