Wildlife gardening


Tom Marshall

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Wildlife gardening

Gardening for wildlife

With an estimated 124,500 gardens in Somerset, covering 19 square kilometres of the county, these spaces have huge potential for nature. If we all gave a little bit more space for wildlife within our gardens, just imagine how much habitat we would create overall for nature! Gardens can also help us buffer the impacts of surface flooding, pollution run off, create cooler climates around our homes and are fantastic for our health and well being. 

We're on a mission to help everyone in Somerset who looks after a garden to give more space to wildlife. Here you'll find tips, projects and downloads, or you can request personal advice from our team of Wilder Gardening Champions who are part of the Wilder Gardening Group.  

Request advice or a garden visit

Garden bumblebee

Garden bumblebee by Chris Gomersall/2020VISION

How wildlife friendly is your garden?

Take our survey and find out!

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Lets invite wildlife back!

Find out more about the Wild About Gardens project, created to celebrate wildlife gardening and to encourage people to use their gardens to take action to help support nature. This year we’re going wild about swifts, swallows and martins!

Wild About Gardens

Snail on gardening gloves

Snail on gardening gloves - Tom Marshall

Join the Wilder Gardening Group

The Wilder Gardening Group supports anyone enjoying wildlife gardening or looking to learn more. 

Get involved

Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, South London - Paul Harris/2020VISION

Somerset's Wilder Open Gardens

Visit our beautiful wildlife gardens opening this year in aid of Somerset Wildlife Trust, find out how to open your own garden or volunteer to help out.

Find out more

Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

Join a Community Garden

Check our map to find a Wilder Community Garden near you. 

Join in

The Wilder Gardening Group has created the following advice sheets and species lists for plants that thrive in Somerset and support a variety of wildlife. 

Looking for guidance on managing a larger area of land or community project? We've got lots of habitat management, planning and community resources in our Team Wilder resource library.  

Explore land management advice and resources

bird eating bird seed

Chaffinch - Sam Hockaday

Fundraise for us

Support Somerset Wildlife Trust with Vine House Farm bird food

Vine House Farm Bird Foods give 4% of every purchase in your area to Somerset Wildlife Trust.  If you're a new customer, Vine House Farm Bird Foods will also give an extra £10 to the Trust! 

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Neil Aldridge


Who has been visiting?

Hanging a bird feeder in your garden all year round can be a great way of helping out our feathered friends. But do you know which species are visiting your garden?

How to identify common garden birds
Red-tailed bumblebee on bird's foot trefoil

Red-tailed bumblebee on bird's foot trefoil - Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography


Want to hear more from Somerset Wildlife Trust?

As a member, as well as protecting wildlife, you’ll receive a fantastic membership pack including a guide to our nature reserves, our events guide and our Somerset Wildlife magazine.

Find out more about membership

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