Links to Other Sites

Here are some websites which you can use as information sources if you live in the UK. There are many sites on the web about wildlife and gardening, so I have been very selective. Go to my 'Citizen Science' page for more links relating specifically to wildlife recording that you can do at home.
UPDATED FEBRUARY 2012

For general information about wildlife-friendly gardening:

Wildlife Gardening With Jenny Steel: www.wildlife-gardening.co.uk
Jenny Steel is a well-known author on wildlife gardening.

British Garden Birds: www.garden-birds.co.uk
An independent site full of information about garden birds.

'Wild About Gardens': www.wildaboutgardens.org
A site set up jointly by the Wildlife Trusts and the RHS. One of the best information sources. If you get beyond the home page by clicking on items in the top menu bar such as 'habitats' or 'plants', you will be taken to pages with long subsidiary menus that link to masses of information.

The Big Wildlife Garden: www.bwg.naturalengland.org.uk
A site set up by Natural England. The idea is that you sign up, and can receive recognition for all the wildlife-friendly features you have in your garden, and you can share information. Schools can sign up as 'eco schools'.

Scottish Natural Heritage: Wildlife in Gardens and Allotments www.snh.gov.uk
Has links to several other information pages about gardens and biodiversity in Scotland.

The Wildlife Gardening Forum www.naturalengland.org.uk/advice/wildlifegardening/forum.aspx
Not an on-line forum but a conference held once or twice a year where organisations and individuals share information and take part in 'networking'. If you are a serious wildlife gardener, take part! I do. The website is hosted by Natural England but this is a UK-wide forum.

Biodiversity in Urban Gardens: www.bugs.group.shef.ac.uk
Website of the BUGS projects at Sheffield University, important scientific research to assess the role of gardens as wildlife habitat. You can download the published scientific papers from BUGS 1 as pdf files. (For a very readable layperson's summary of the results, see Ken Thompson's book 'No Nettles Required' - details on my Reading page.) BUGS 2 is now also complete.

Plants for Bugs Project at RHS Wisley
www.rhs.org.uk/Science/Plant-pests/Projects/Plants-for-Bugs--investigating-invertebrate-abunda

This site refers to a research project currently being undertaken to compare invertebrate abundance on plots of flowers from the UK, the Northern Hemisphere, and the world.

The Kids Garden www.thekidsgarden.co.uk
Lots of ideas for creative gardening with children, including suggestions involving garden wildlife.

Flowers, Plants, and Gardening: For Kids! The following link was suggested by a correspondent in America. Although it is part of a commercial site with adverts, the page which I link to has some further links which are a resource for teachers and young people.
www.serenataflowers.com/Flowers-plants-and-gardening-for-kids



Some personal sites:


Adrian Thomas's blog: Gardening for Wildlife

Really interesting blog from the author of the best recent reference book about nature-friendly gardening.

My Wildlife Friendly Garden www.mywildlifefriendlygarden.com
A nice personal site from a wildlife gardener showing that you don't have to have a huge garden to attract wildlife.

Garden Wildife, Jeremy's Wildife Website www.gardenwildlife.co.uk
A personal website and discussion forum from a gardener in Somerset, including a live bird box camera during the spring nesting season.

The Big Buzz www.thebigbuzz.biz
Personal website and blog from a wildlife gardener, photographer, and poet in Yorkshire.

The Bumblebee Pages: www.bumblebee.org
Laura Smith's bumblebee site is a mine of information about bumblebees, a group of insects that can benefit very readily from wildlife-friendly gardening.

Solitary Bees www.insectpix.net
Excellent site about solitary bees and some of their favourite flowers, from Nigel Jones in Shropshire.


Specialist sites :

Butterfly Conservation: www.butterfly-conservation.org
Website of the UK's national moth and butterfly conservation organisation. Members of Butterfly Conservation can complete an annual garden butterfly survey.

UK Leps: Eggs, Larvae, Pupae and Adult Butterflies and Moths: www.ukleps.org This site is maintained entirely on a voluntary basis and contains over 9000 photographs of 850+ species of Lepidoptera taken by enthusiasts studying their life histories. A wonderful resource.

UK Moths: www.ukmoths.org.uk
An on-line identification guide to the moths of Britain and Ireland, with over a thousand pictures.

Back Garden Moths: www.back-garden-moths.co.uk
Another excellent site with forums and a gallery, designed to encourage an awareness of UK moths.

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (incorporating 'Froglife') www.arc-trust.org
Conserving Britain's reptiles and Amphibians

Pond Conservation www.pondconservation.org.uk
Pond Conservation is a national charity dedicated to creating and protecting ponds and the wildlife they support. This interesting website covers a lot of topics not dealt with by other websites. You can now download a free booklet, ‘Creating Garden Ponds for Wildlife’

Buglife: www.buglife.org.uk
A national invertebrate conservation organisation.

Bat Conservation Trust www.bats.org.uk Gardeners can help bats by growing plants that support the insects that bats feed on. This informative website includes a page about gardening for bats and a downloadable pdf on the same subject.

British Trust for Ornithology: www.bto.org
Gardeners can take part in the weekly Garden Bird Watch.

Bumblebee Conservation Trust www.bumblebeeconservation.org.uk
Includes advice about creating bumblebee nests, and the Beewatch Scheme through which you can submit digital photos for ID.

Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society (BWARS): www.bwars.com
Through this site you can access distribution maps for wild bees and images of wild bees.

Hymettus Ltd www.hymettus.org.uk
A conservation charity for wild bees, ant and wasps producing useful Information Sheets for gardeners.

The SubT Project - Nikki's Blog http://subt.bumblebeeconservation.org/
A blog about the project at Dungeness to re-introduce to the UK an extinct bumblebee, Bombus subterraneus.

Nature's Calendar: UK Phenology Network:
www.phenology.org.uk
You can get involved in recording changes in natural phenomena.

Swift Conservation: www.swift-conservation.org Swifts are insectivorous birds that spend their lives in the air and never touch the ground. They migrate here from Africa and breed in nooks and crannies in urban buildings between May and July, hunting for insects above our gardens and parks. You can fix special Swift next boxes under the eaves of your house or flats to help these wonderful birds.

British Trees: www.woodland-trust.org.uk/britishtrees
Well-designed and informative site about growing native trees.

Really Wild Flowers www.reallywildflowers.co.uk
A supplier of wild flower plants and seeds.

 

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