Introduction

The aim of this website / project is to demonstrate just how diverse a small garden within an urban area can be for wildlife. In addition we aim to show how we intend to go about making our garden even more attractive to the various forms of life visiting or setting up residence with us.

We have been gathering species data for around 15 years, in the form of photographs and lists. However to date we have been rather poor at organising and storing this data and much of 2021 so far has been spent locating and collating this information in order to bring it together in one place, this website.

2021 seemed the perfect year to begin this project. Being discouraged for much of the year from visiting the wider countryside due to Covid-19 restrictions, more than ever we turned our eye on what was happening in our own garden. In recent years, with the children growing older, we have allowed things to wild up a little and immediately saw the results as wildflowers began to fill the untidy space’s we purposefully left untended.

Our hope is to create a list of all the species we have ever recorded in our garden and then to keep future records to see how this list changes as species come and go. Hopefully we can gather photographs and add information to the website, for example to aid future identification of species. This information is located on our Species List page and our Gallery & Information page. These pages are not complete by any means, in fact as of December 2021 we are only just scratching the surface of possible future content.

In addition we have our Articles and Projects pages where we will record any interesting information we come across and describe the projects we undertake to improve our garden for wildlife. We also have our Blog which we will use from time to time to share this information more widely.

This website is partially for our own benefit but also we hope for the benefit of anyone thinking of undertaking a garden wildlife project of their own. It may prove especially interesting for people sharing the same geographical area as us, being located in the Brislington area of Bristol (see map below).

One important caveat to all this is knowledge, we will clearly have to learn as we go along. Most people recording wildlife focus on one group of species, say butterflies or bumblebees and whilst this may be down to personal preference, its probably just as much down to practicality. For example there are around 2800 species of moths recorded in Great Britain and a great many more wasps. It can take a lifetime of experience to be able to identify the majority of species in just one large group. Our aim is to attempt to take them all on as we happen upon them. As such it is likely we will make many mistakes along the way, and we do rely on others, especially interest groups on social media, to help with some of the more hard to identify species. Over time many species on the list will be marked Most Likely Species (MLS) as it’s just not possible to identify them in the field. Many would require dissection and/or microscopic examination, which we are not currently intending to do.

DC 21/12/2021