I'm not the most dedicated gardener and I confess to using the excuse of 'supporting biodiversity' to explain my rampant shrubs and overgrown grass. I know there are lots of species that are said to be struggling at the moment, including bees. Does anyone have any hints about what to grow in the garden to encourage as much biodiversity as possible, and to make it appear attractive to struggling species? I do enjoy sitting in the garden, so can't go for total wilderness!
Findings from the ongoing OPAL soil and earthworm survey suggest that gardens are a biodiversity hotspot for earthworms.
The pH of the soil is likely to be a major reason for this. So take part in the survey yourself and see how your garden compares with others.
OPAL also has a bee hotel project, to encourage bees into your garden. There are instructions on how to make your own bee hotel on the OPAL site. Best thing about it is, the bees that use the hotel are solitary bee species which dont sting!
A few ideas from Kew's Natural Neighbourhood Flickr Group...
You can share your photos of what you’re doing at home or in your local neighbourhood to help safeguard the diversity of plant and animal life with Kew Flickr. Tell us what you’ve done, show us your pictures and inspire others to get involved!