The case for gardens as habitats
While many habitats have suffered unprecedented losses during the past century, the popularity of gardens and gardening has soared. There are now an estimated 24 million gardens in the UK covering over a quarter of a million hectares.
Although garden habitats face their own unique threats, conservationists now recognise the important contribution the humble garden can make as a refuge for wildlife. In fact, the science tells us gardens support a higher range of species than any actively conserved British habitat*.
This places the gardener centre stage in the process of conservation, whether or not they are aware of it! We need not buckle under the weight of this responsibility. By becoming better informed about garden ecology - and planning our gardens accordingly - it is a challenge we can rise to. Follow my simple step-by-step guide to planning your habitat garden here.
*On a species-per-unit-area basis