Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust wants to create the county’s biggest nature reserve by asking all garden owners to encourage wildlife into their gardens.

Through a new programme called ‘Living Gardens’ the Trust is providing help and advice on how you can make your garden more wildlife friendly.

One third of the land in towns and cities are gardens

Yet there is something all of us can do to reverse this trend – starting in our own backyard. That’s why we want to get as many people as possible in the county gardening for wildlife. Simple changes in your garden can make a real difference. Such as planting nectar rich plants to attract butterflies and bees; making a small pond to create a wildlife haven; avoiding chemicals in the garden; leaving woodpiles for slow worms to live in; and putting up bird boxes to provide nesting sites.

The wildlife once common in our gardens is now under threat. Since 1900 the UK has lost 20 species of bee and a further 35 face extinction. Even numbers of the house sparrow are falling dramatically, with 60% decline since the 1970’s.

Start today and find out how wildlife friendly your garden is?

Complete our simple questionnaire and find out. Everyone taking part will be awarded a bronze, silver or gold award and will receive a certificate and wall plaque.

You might also be interested in the State of Nature Report 2013

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