How to attract more wildlife to your garden

ZSL launches a new wildlife garden within its grounds to show visitors how they can help local species. 


A very large bug hotel has been built for the new wildlife garden © ZSL London Zoo


The wildlife garden at London Zoo launched this week and highlights the citizen science project co-ordinated by vets at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

The garden is full of advice and guidance on how visitors can welcome wildlife into their own gardens, including making minibeast hotels and installing hedgehog highways.

“There are incredible creatures all around us right here in the UK, often in our own back gardens,” says zoological director, David Field.

“From amazing insects such as stag beetles and peacock butterflies to hedgehogs and blue tits, no matter how large or small your own outdoor patch, the {ZSL} garden has plenty of ideas to help make it a welcoming home for wildlife.”


The citizen science shed in ZSL’s wildlife garden © ZSL London Zoo

The garden also features the work of the Garden Wildlife Health project, which was first launched in 2013.

The project is a partnership between ZSL, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Froglife and the RSPB.


The Garden Wildlife Health project focusses on British species usually seen in gardens, such as common frogs © Lewis Campbell / ZSL

“Through the Garden Wildlife Health project we aim to monitor the health of the UK’s native wildlife and educate the public about any issues their local species are facing,” says ZSL’s Dr Becki Lawson.

More than 7,000 members of the public have contributed reports to the project since its launch.


Read more wildlife news stories in BBC Wildlife Magazine