Gardenwatch is a collaborative project between the British Ornithological Trust, the BBC Springwatch team and the Open University.  They need you to tell them about your garden and its wildlife so a comprehensive picture can be built 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?

This is hoped to be 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. Choose a mission below to take part (each mission opens in a new window):

Mission 2
Beyond the back door – what are your garden’s defining features?
Mission 2
Below ground – what’s lurking under your lawn?
Mission 3
Is your outdoor space providing the resources birds need to feed, nest, shelter and find water?
Mission 4
Be a mammal detective – who are your furry neighbours?