Wildlife gardening


Wildlife Gardening

© Nick Upton/2020VISION

Go wild in your garden! 


Enter your wildlife space in our Surrey Wildlife Garden Award 2019 (sponsored by Squires Garden Centres).

Entries open on 1st April 2019, closing date 31st July 2019. 

Its FREE to enter and open to any wildlife space either your private garden, school, business, community or allotment.  Entrants can gain either a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award certificate with a plaque for all Gold award winners.  The top gardens in each category have a chance of winning £50 worth of Squires garden vouchers.

Large or small, ledge or yard, your garden could be part of a wider network of natural havens linking urban green spaces with nature reserves and the countryside.

Together, our gardens are a vast living landscape. With an estimated 16 million gardens in the UK, the way they are cared for can make a big difference to the natural world.

Learn how to make your garden a wildlife haven below...

Creating habitats

Create different habitats in your garden to attract a range of wildlife species.

From planting flowers, shrubs and trees to attract pollinators, to building a wildlife pond, it's easier than you think to create a place for wildlife at home.

Plants for Pollinators

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© Zsuzsanna Bird

Wildlife Ponds

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Common frog

Helping garden wildlife

Learn how to help different wildlife species in your garden.


© Gillian Day

Helping hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are declining rapidly in the UK. Learn how to make a home for hedgehogs in your garden and report your sightings.

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Bee on aster

© Rachel Scopes

Bringing back bees

Your garden can serve as a fantastic habitat for a wide range of bee species throughout the year.

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Blackbird in grass

© Jon Hawkins

Caring for birds

There are many simple actions you can take at home to help birds flourish on your patch.

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7-Spotted Ladybird Larva

© Amy Lewis

Pest or guest

Each garden is a miniature ecosystem. The creatures within it determine what thrives, survives, deteriorates or dies.

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