Attracting Wildlife

If you want to attract wildlife into your garden, park or school, you will need to ensure you provide things they need: food, water, and places to find shelter.

In general, the more types of wildflowers, flowering and fruiting hedge plants and (if your green space is large enough) trees you have, the greater the diversity of insects you will have visiting. In turn, the more different types of insects, the greater the variety of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles will want to visit.


As you provide shelter, perches, homes, ponds, log piles and other areas of habitat, youโ€™ll find that the animals stay for longer, and some may take up residence.

Here are links to some great top tips –

  • – please choose an organism and do one thing for nature.

The Bat Conservation Trust recommends installing a bat brick/box at least 4 m above the ground, away from artificial light sources, sheltered from strong winds and exposed to the sun for part of the day, facing south, south-east or south-west. See more

What can I plant, to help bats, in my garden?

Bats – the Stars of the Night – booklet

Swift nest boxes are best positioned under the eaves or on walls facing north, northeast or north-west out of direct sunlight, five metres above the ground, with clear adjacent airspace so swifts can access them in a high-speed direct flight. See more

Plants for Pollinators – RHS Gardening

Helping birds near me – RSPB

How to Attract Wildlife to your Garden – Woodland Trust

How to create a mini pond – The Wildlife Trusts

How to attract butterflies to your garden – Natural History Museum

Bees in your garden – RHS Gardening

A guide to Helping Hedgehogs – British Hedgehog Preservation Society

Hedgehog Homes

Offering food and shelter to bats – RHS Gardening

Gardening for Butterflies and Moths – Butterfly Conservation

Here are a whole host of sheets and activities for childrenย 

Wildlife Watch – Children’s Activities, Colouring, Spotter Guides, Cooking, Building and more