The UK's biggest nature reserve - our gardens.

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Project Summary

Take part in citizen science in the UK's biggest nature reserve - our gardens. Help us understand how gardens can help our wildlife thrive. We have plenty of downloadable resources on our website to help you carry out a survey and identify your findings - it's fun for all the family!

Need to know

  • Start Date: 27/06/2019
  • End Date: 30/06/2020
  • County: National
  • Organisation Name: British Trust for Ornithology
  • Project Category: Species surveys


Project Description

Gardenwatch is a collaborative project between BTO and the Springwatch team. We need you to tell us about your garden and its wildlife so we can build a comprehensive picture of how gardens can help UK wildlife species to thrive in the future. Together, the UK’s gardens cover a larger area than Suffolk and so arguably form our most important nature reserve. As towns and cities become more densely populated and expand into the wider countryside, gardens are becoming an increasingly vital refuge for wildlife.  But which birds, mammals, invertebrates and other wildlife do we share our gardens with, and why? And more importantly, what can we do to help support them? We want to carry out the UK’s biggest ever garden audit, building a picture of the resources available for wildlife in gardens up and down the country, and surveying some of the wild visitors they attract.

Click the Contact Organisation button to head to our website and choose your first mission:

Mission 1 - Beyond the backdoor

Mission 2 - Worm detective

Mission 3 - Bird detective

Mission 4 - Mammal detective