Background

Our local wildlife is under threat, with 56% of all UK species in decline. Climate change, rapid urbanisation and habitat loss have massively contributed to this, alongside a declining connection between people and nature.  In our towns and cities, private spaces such as gardens and yards can comprise up to 50% of the open space, and can provide vital habitat for a range of wildlife.

What is Naturehood?

Naturehood is a Heritage Lottery Funded community wildlife project led by Earthwatch Europe, in partnership with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. This project will focus on reversing the trend in wildlife decline by creating ‘Naturehoods’, where neighbours can work together to develop thriving networks of wildlife-rich spaces in gardens, on balconies, and in window boxes, that benefit both people and nature. 

Naturehood will encourage communities to create networks for butterflies, bees, hedgehogs, frogs and birds by making their own spaces more wildlife friendly and taking positive actions for wildlife. Participants will be able to learn more about the wildlife that is in their spaces through citizen science activities which will support vital research into what actions can have the greatest impact for wildlife in our towns and cities. The initial phase of Naturehood will be delivered in parts of Oxford and Swindon, beginning in late March.

We want your help to ensure that the events and activities that we deliver under Naturehood are as relevant and accessible as possible to you, your family and your community, and we would be grateful if you could complete this short survey.

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