Wild About Gardens


Matthew Gould

Who we are

The Wildlife Trusts and the RHS set up Wild About Gardens to celebrate wildlife gardening and to encourage people to use their gardens to take action to help support nature. Many of our common garden visitors – including hedgehogs, house sparrows and starlings – are increasingly under threat. But together we can make a difference – help us turn the UK’s estimated 24 million gardens into a network of nature reserves, and invite our wildlife back.

Go wild for worms

This year Wild About Gardens is going wild about worms! These wriggly fellows are well known to gardeners all over. At first glance they might not seem particularly special, but they’re essential for our soils and wildlife. There are no less than 29 earthworm species in the UK and each one has an integral role in our ecosystem. It's time to take action for the worms in your garden!

Download your free worm booklet

It may be doubted whether there are many other animals
which have played so important a part in the history of the
world as these lowly organised creatures
Charles Darwin on earthworms

More ways to help wildlife

Find more ways to look after the animals in your garden by clicking on the guides below.

Download your guide to helping bees
It’s no secret that many pollinators are facing threats. Insensitive land use, a reduction in plant species diversity and the use of insecticides have all been linked to declining bee numbers. This is bad news for us and for them. But you can help...

Download your guide to helping bats
Bats are stars of the night, seen swooping through the night sky in the pursuit of their prey. Little understood, just what is the truth about these enigmatic mammals?
You can also listen to bat sounds with the Bat Conservation Trust

Download your guide to helping hedgehogs
Small, round, brown and famously covered in spines, the hedgehog is one of the most familiar of Britain's wild mammals.