Gardening for wildlife

Homes for Wildlife

Homes for Wildlife
If you love the creatures in your garden, you'll love our Homes for Wildlife project. This is the place to ask and answer questions about making your backyard wildlife-friendly.

Gardening for wildlife

Follow the adventures of Adrian Thomas, our wildlife gardening expert, and be inspired to create your own wildlife haven on your doorstep. Adrian posts here every Monday and Friday without fail, so make it a date and drop by!
  • It's all coming together for wildlife at Gardeners World Live

    I'm blogging early because I'm hitting the M40 up to the NEC for BBC Gardeners World Live - and we hope we'll see lots of you there.

    It's on from Thursday to Sunday, and as usual the RSPB Events Team with their amazing volunteers have unleashed their creative juices on an RSPB Feature Garden in the main hall.

    I've just been sent a sneak preview, and it looks like April and her team has created a Wheelbarrow Waterfall (look, there's water flowing from one to the other! Way beyond my engineering skills).

    There are features throughout the garden showing how to do some of the simple things to Give Nature a Home, such as the hole to cut for a Hedgehog Highway

    There are some things I don't know what they are, such as these coloured nestboxes, but I'm sure all will become clear...

    But I do know what the Bloomin' Gorgeous bench is - it's a seat made of recycled pallets to come and take your hashtagged selfies to show that you yourself are bloomin' gorgeous, which we know you are!


    I'm going to be on and around the stand over the weekend, and on the Interview Stage being interviewed by Jim Buttress (in a marquee in the gardens area of the Show) on Friday ((3.30pm), Saturday (2.30pm) and Sunday (11am).

    And I'll also be at the Green Connections Garden, one of the outdoor Show Gardens, where Alex Stevenson and Jean Wardrop - the Gardening Ladies - have designed a garden showing how small urban gardens can be great for nature. They were good enough to come to me for some advice, and we've been delighted to endorse their garden. I just hope they've managed to get it up and finished through the downpours.

  • Tell us how you are giving nature a home - and inspire the nation

    This week we launched new webpages which we hope will become your one-stop-shop for giving nature a home in your garden.

    Really importantly, it is also the place to tick off all the things you have ALREADY done so we can chart the progress of a nation pulling together.

    And because this particular email goes out to the stalwarts, I'd love it if you would go in, tick off everything you have done, share a few photos on your favourite social media platform, and in that way inspire and encourage new people to get involved .

    It's really easy - click here and you'll go to a page which talks about creating your "personal plan".

    You just enter your postcode (your plan can then be tailored to where you are in the country), and answer three quick questions about your garden and how much time you have to do things.

    You'll then be asked to make a Log-in for the RSPB webpages - many of you will already have this, but don't confuse it if you had a RSPB Community log-in. The full RSPB website log-in is all you will need in future for a proper personalised experience.

    Once you've logged in, up pops your Plan - six things which, based on your answers, are likely to be help nature where you live.

    Beneath each one is a blue box saying 'Have you completed this activity? If you have, just click it. I'm sure you'll have done many if not all the things on your Plan. You can see above that I've grown food for moths, but have yet to make a frog and toad abode.

    Your ticked activity will go onto our all-important Totaliser.

    And hopefully there’ll be some activities there you have yet to do, and our advice sheets will give you all the information you need to get on and do them.

    If you hit a problem, let us know so we can make the experience even easier – email web.enquiries@rspb.org.uk.

    Together, we can see how our individual actions for nature in our gardens are adding up into saving nature across the country.

  • A surprise in the pond...and all power to the next generation

    I wrote 600 words in the last blog. I'm aiming for 200 today. Just a dip-in-and-out nibble of wildlife gardening' a bloglet.

    The first is an unashamed brag. Look what visited my pond this week.

    Ok, so some of my tadpoles copped it, but there are still hundreds and hundreds of them.Amazing to think that Little Egrets didn't breed in the UK until 1996. Now, 20 years on, they are doing so well. And, as many of you will know, egrets go back right to the roots of the RSPB when thousands were being slaughtered in Europe for the hat trade. And you can see that this adult bird has 'aigrettes', the once-coveted head plumes.

    I pushed myself with my pond, physically and in terms of ambitious, going larger than I'd dared before. What with the egret, and with the four bats that every dusk descend to swoop and take drinks on the wing from the pond surface, I'm feeling the effort is paying off.

    But I also wanted to share a link to this wonderful blog here which is called Growing Family and is all about "all about making the most of busy family life, indoors and out". This month I'm urging everyone to get planting flowers ready for July's flush of butterflies, and I think you'll be impressed to see one young family already putting it all into action.

    Darn it, that's 230 words. I'm off to look for whatever is next going to surprise me in the pond...