Somerset Wildlife Trust

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Create your wildlife garden

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"Wildlife gardening is not just valuable for nature - it's also great fun and incredibly fulfilling too. Square metre for square metre, Britain's gardens boast more biodiversity than any other habitat on the planet. So make your garden wildlife-friendly and then sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labours!"
Stephen Moss, Trust Vice President

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Seasonal wildlife gardening hints & tips to get you started or just to inspire!

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Hedgehogs need our help

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Could you open your garden in support of Somerset Wildlife Trust?

Find out how and get advice.


Hedgehogs have been around for more than 15 million years but are increasingly under threat.

Find out how you can help


Useful websites

Vine House Farm Bird Food

Vine House FarmIf you live in Somerset 5% of your order value is donated to us when you buy your bird food from Vine House Farm. Check them out at the link below.
Vine House Farm


Wild About Gardens


A great site hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society and the Wildlife Trusts with lots of information relating to wildlife gardening.

Wild About Gardens





Your gardens

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Beyond your garden wall?

No gardener could fail to draw inspiration from orchids in the wild. Why not go beyond your garden wall to visit some key reserves where these are on display in early summer?
You will find some suggestions here.

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Top ten tips

Read our top ten wildlife gardening ideas on how to make the most of your garden for you and the local wildlife. They include things you can do in an afternoon or over a weekend that will transform your garden into a wildlife haven without you ending up with a jungle!  Top ten tips

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Wildlife Friendly Plants

Download the Gardening for Wildlife Groups recommendations for plants that will thrive in Somerset and support a whole host of wildlife.

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c2linkarrow Ponds
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c2linkarrow Flowers & ferns for Woodlands
c2linkarrow Vertical Habitats
c2linkarrow Meadows & Cornfields
c2linkarrow Flowers & shrubs for containers
c2linkarrow Wildlife Trusts's hints & tips for creating a wildlife garden

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Secret garden inhabitants

Which animals could inhabit your garden and how to attract and protect them.

Secret garden inhabitants

© Adam Cormack - Red admiral/Painted Lady 

© Amy Lewis Pipistrelle

© Gillian Day - hedgehog

© Anna Gutherie - small wildlife garden 

Art work © Buffalo designs

Viola odorata courtesy of Wikipedia - butterfly on teasel

Photo of  bee orchid ©