Many factors including pollution, habitat loss and the effects of climate change are leading to a decline in biodiversity in the UK and around the world.

Our network of great British gardens has the potential to support a thriving wildlife community. Careful shopping choices can also help limit our impact on wildlife and habitats.

Quick and free

  • take your litter home - don't let it spoil the scenery or harm wildlife
  • choose peat-free products - British peat bogs store carbon, prevent flooding and are home to important plants and wildlife, including the insect-eating sundew
  • protect forests - deforestation is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions and habitat loss. Choose wood, timber and paper products that carry the Forest Stewardship Council mark indicating ensures that forests are responsibly managed
  • give nature a boost - welcome wildlife into your garden by leaving a corner of your garden unmown. Long grass and native plants are great for insects and amphibians

Further steps

Make your garden wildlife-friendly:

  • provide food and nesting sites for birds in your garden
  • add a log pile. Dead and decaying wood supports a wide range of invertebrates
  • create a water feature to attract aquatic insects and amphibians. Alternatively, a marshy area will encourage biodiversity and be safer for children
  • remember to compost - composting your garden waste is an easy way to help the environment. Check out our current home composting offers
  • contact Dorset Wildlife Trust for more advice on wildlife-friendly gardening

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