Wildlife in the UK is in decline but we can make a difference by working together.
Naturehood is a new community project that brings people together to support the nature on their doorstep.
Earthwatch works with communities to establish ‘Naturehoods’: focused areas where people support local wildlife. As well as taking action as individuals, people in Naturehoods can participate in free community engagement events, including wildlife walks, talks and family-friendly wildlife workshops. By creating and nurturing shared green spaces, neighbours can meet and reconnect with nature, as well as help wildlife to flourish.
To be able to demonstrate the impact of their Naturehood actions, we are also asking people to carry out surveys about the animals visiting their gardens. This will provide our scientists with valuable data about how effective certain actions are, so that in the future, we can encourage more of the actions that have the biggest positive effect on wildlife.
The first phase of the project, which began in 2019, started with the creation of four Naturehoods in Oxford and Swindon. Naturehood is led by Earthwatch Europe in partnership with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, and is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Everyone can get involved in Naturehood – no matter where you live, or how much time or experience you have.
We provide a range of simple ideas that anyone could implement to make their outdoor space a haven for wildlife – from planting flowers to attract bees, to giving animals a place to hibernate by composting leaves.
Individual actions for wildlife are fantastic, but by working together we can make even more of an impact. That’s why we’ve set up ‘Naturehoods’: areas where we encourage neighbours to nurture their local green spaces to create a network of nature havens.
Being part of a Naturehood and joining in activities can help everyone take positive actions for wildlife.
- Enjoying and reconnecting with nature
- Bringing people together and making strong communities
- Learning new skills and more about nature
- Spending time outdoors, improving health and well-being
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