The Gardening with Wildlife in Mind database aims to help people choose plants likely to attract wildlife. It also shows what eats what in the garden.
Anyone with a garden can make a difference for wildlife, and that doesn’t have to mean turning into a wilderness. Simple steps like not using pesticides and choosing certain types of plant will mean more ladybirds, butterflies and bees – or maybe you would like to create an area to benefit wildlife such as a pond, hedge or meadow. Whatever you would like to do, this database can help, whatever your level of gardening and the space you have available.
The information here focuses on 300 or so distinctive and desirable species that are found in the garden, including species such as slugs and snails – we know most gardeners would rather not have these, but there is no escape from them! They are not all bad, either. Slugs and snails provide food for animals and birds like frogs and song thrushes and help to break down decaying vegetation.
To begin you can look for a specific plant or creature using the Search tool - or you can search a whole category (for example by region) and browse through the results. You can also stop at any point and explore the links within a complex food chain. If you decide to grow plants that you have found in the database, you can add these to your ‘Pick list’ which can be viewed or printed in its entirety.
For more information on how to use this site, please visit the Help section. Please note that this data was originally devised by Natural England, therefore only English data is available, we are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.
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