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Naturehood

Wildlife in the UK is in decline but we can make a difference by working together.

Along with our partners at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, we've received a National Lottery grant of £99,200 to deliver the first phase of a new community wildlife project, Naturehood, in Oxford and Swindon.

This exciting new community-based project will focus on reversing the trend in wildlife decline in the UK. Through the creation of 'Naturehoods', neighbours will work together to develop a thriving network of wildlife-rich green spaces that benefit both people and nature. 

Connecting with nature

Nature provides a host of benefits, from the pollination of food crops and flood risk reduction to improving health and well-being. However, the 2016 State of Nature Report revealed that more than half of all UK species have declined in number in less than 50 years. There is an ever-growing disconnect between people and nature. Starting in early 2019, Naturehood aims to bridge this gap and support the recovery of UK species from a local to national scale. 

Turn gardens into wildlife havens

Gardens and communal green spaces have an important role to play in this challenge. If all UK gardens were turned into nature-friendly places, it would create a wildlife haven of over 430,000 hectares in size, more than four times the surface area of all national nature reserves combined.

Help us fill the wildlife knowledge gap 

While it's generally accepted that actions can be taken which encourage wildlife into our gardens and parks, there's surprisingly little evidence regarding the effectiveness of such actions, and even less surrounding what impact taking these actions at scale has on wildlife populations across a range of species. By delivering a variety of engaging activities, from garden wildlife surveys to guided walks and talks, Naturehood looks to fill this knowledge gap and build strong, environmentally aware communities. 

Around 700 of you responded to our urban wildlife questionnaire, which has helped us shape the future of the Naturehood project ready for our launch in Oxford and Swindon in 2019. 

Photo credits: iStock/Nemanja Zotovic; iStock/Henrik_L

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