From window boxes to log piles and meadow areas, all habitats are important for wildlife. Whether you want to make the most of what you already have, or want to create more habitats, we can signpost you to the relevant information.

Our wildlife is under threat from loss of habitat and human induced changes to our climate. The  State of Nature 2016 and  State of Nature Wales 2016 reports identify the risks and challenges facing our native wildlife. 
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Healthy ecosystems provide incremental benefits to humans and society from providing natural defence against extreme weather, increasing food production to improving wellbeing. Wildlife plays a crucial role in protecting vulnerable ecosystems through pollination and habitat management.

There are many ways to become a champion for wildlife and numerous organisations to provide you with all the necessary advice. One of the best ways to help wildlife is to provide a habitat where animals are able to shelter and forage. On this page you will find some of our favourite organisations to help with general 'rewilding' and if you want to champion a particular species there are more specific guides available from our sections on  Birds, Mammals, Insects and other Invertebrates and  Amphibians, Reptiles and other pond life .

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How to be a champion for wildlife:

  • Garden for wildlife by providing shelter and food; leave areas wild, plant hedges and pollinator friendly plants, and leave access into your garden
  • Join a national initiative (such as Wildlife Trust, RSPB or Woodland Trust) or a local awareness project, and support your local parks
  • Introduce children to the natural world from an early age
  • Purchase ethically; reduce pollution by shopping locally (particularly from sustainable farms), look for suppliers that practise environmentally sustainable production and support their workers
  • Give a voice to nature in your area by petitioning your council or MP about wildlife issues

How to get started creating wildlife habitats in small (and big) spaces:
Wild About Gardens 
is a partnership initiative between the Royal Horticultural Society and the  Wildlife Trusts. It offers a range of wildlife-friendly activities including; building bug hotels, creating compost piles or nectar cafes as well as specific actions to save 6 key priority Welsh species such as song thrush and hedgehog. RSPB's Give Nature A Home guide is another great way to get started on providing a safe and attractive space for wildlife to thrive.
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Key habitats and unusual spaces:

Provide as many habitats as possible, but avoid cramming too much in and focus on what can be done well in the space you have! A lawn, trees and shrubs, flowers and water are key habitats. More specialised habitats include a bog garden, eaves, log piles and ponds. But nature can also thrive in spaces you might not initially consider as a home for wildlife; including gutter gardens, cunning containers, green roofs and even graveyards and cemeteries!

Here are some of our favourite wildlife guides, tips, partnerships and equipment to turn any space from grey to green: