Get information and advice on wildlife in Derby, and how to encourage wildlife in your garden.
Visit the Butterfly Conservation website for advice on how to encourage butterflies to visit your garden.
Visit the RSPB website for advice on how to make a bird box.
Visit the Bat Conservation Trust website for advice on how to make a bat box.
Visit the Freshwater Habitats Trust's website for advice on how to make a pond for wildlife.
Visit the BBC website for advice on how to encourage wildlife into your garden.
In 2003, we surveyed hedgerows in Derby to find out which contained native species, such as Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Elm, Dogwood and Guelder Rose. Over 1300 hedgerows were found, which helped us to identify the oldest, and those important to wildlife in the city. We wanted to find out more about hedgerows because:
We found about 43% of the hedgerows across Derby to be species-rich. For our survey, species-rich meant that, on average, five or more different species had to be identified in 30 metre sections of hedgerow.
For more information, you can download the following documents...
In 2004 and 2005, we surveyed ponds in Derby to find:
We wanted to find out more about ponds because:
Our survey found that garden ponds are more important for frogs and toads than our field ponds, where a lack of appropriate management appears to be reducing wildlife value. However, garden and field ponds are equally important for newts and dragonflies.
Download our Pond Survey Report for more information about ponds in Derby.
Following on from our survey of ponds, our Wild About Ponds Project aimed to create new and improve existing ponds. SITA Trust funded a three-year partnership, which finished on 31st December 2012.
The partnership included the Derby City Pond Warden Association (DCPWA), The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), Groundwork and a host of other local partners.
To find out more about the project, visit the DCPWA website.
We have contributed towards the setting up of a webcam at Derby Cathedral to view the Peregrine Falcons that first began nesting in 2006 when they raised three chicks. The webcam gives us the opportunity to view our natural environment close up and gain a better understanding of the wildlife that lives on our doorstep.
You can watch the falcons and find out more about them at Peregrine Falcons in Derby blog.