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Wild about gardens week 2016

This year WAGW runs 24th-30th October

This year WAGW runs 24th-30th October

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Wild About Gardens Week 2016 is a joint initiative by the RHS, The Wildlife Trusts and Bat Conservation Trust to encourage people to support wildlife in their gardens

Last year Wild about Gardens Week focused on Hedgehogs.  This year the focus is on our UK bats. This is more important than ever. In 2013, wildlife researchers found that 60 percent of UK animal and plant species have declined in the past 50 years. Among the variety of reasons for this is loss of habitat.

Many of our common garden species – bats, hedgehogs, house sparrows, and common frogs, for example – are becoming much less common. There are an estimated 15 million gardens in the UK. Together they cover a greater area than all the National nature reserves! By making our own gardens and local green spaces more wildlife-friendly, we can help support a wide range of species.

What can you do?

Wild About Gardens Week runs from 24-30 October 2016. This year they’ll be looking at steps we can take to support bats and other wildlife. But don’t wait until October! There are lots of things you can do right now to support wildlife in your garden or community green space.

They’ve created some fantastic resources to help you along the way, from building insect hotels to creating hedgehog highways. There are plenty of fun activities you can do throughout the year to help your local wildlife.

For even more wildlife gardening tips, visit the Wild About Gardens website for ideas on things that can be done in an hour, a day or a weekend. And to be kept in the loop about plans for this year’s Wild About Gardens Week, send them an email and they’ll contact you as soon as there’s more information available.

Follow #WildAboutGardens on Twitter for regular tips on how you can make a difference to the wildlife in your garden. Have a question? Contact them on Facebook or Twitter and they’ll do their best to help.



Crofton Park railway garden project

Crofton Park Railway Garden

Crofton Park Railway Garden

Work is underway to transform the site by Crofton Park Railway into an edible sensory garden. The neighbourhood forum are kick-starting the work by organising a number of volunteer big clearup days over the comming weeks. If you are about on one of these days and want to volunteer some time to help a community project happen, get in touch.


  • 10th April
  • 16th April – coincides with the ‘Big Dig’ London day
  • 17th April

To find out more about their project please read their concept design brief.

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Urban Wildlife Talk – Friday 5th February 2016, Peckham Library

Fox and badger feeding side by side

Badger and Fox by Ernie Thomason

Join London Wildlife Trust at Peckham Library to learn about the amazing wildlife thriving in the capital

Daniel Greenwood will be giving a talk about the array of wild animals and plants that live in London, despite it being a densely populated city

London is known to have over 13,000 species of plant, animal and fungus, though this talk will focus more on those you can expect, or perhaps least expect, to encounter

Daniel is the Conservation Project Officer for Sydenham Hill Wood in the south of the borough of Southwark, a very special nature reserve. The Wood is home to hedgehogs, foxes, owls, hawks, falcon, stag beetles, as well as a number of butterflies, amphibians and lots of mushrooms

London’s natural past will be illustrated to show how our wildlife manages to thrive in one of the greatest cities in the world

Where: Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, Peckham, London, SE15 5JR
Cost: Free
When: Friday 5th February 2016, 11am-12.30pm