All creatures great and small
As part of our 95th anniversary year, we will be surveying the Bishop’s House Garden in Norwich to take a detailed look at wildlife found in an urban garden and suggest ways that everyone in Norfolk can improve gardens for wildlife.
Two of our volunteer surveyors will visit the garden each month, in compliance with the Government’s Covid-19 guidelines, to record the birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and some of the invertebrates – in particular the bees and butterflies – using the garden. Details of all the records will be shared with Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service.
We will work with Sam Garland, the head gardener for The Bishop’s House Garden, to help him best manage the garden to promote biodiversity. He said: “As a species we’re at a critical juncture. We are losing wild plants and animals at a rate far more rapid than anyone could have imagined. This enormous loss of biodiversity will have a devastating impact on how we live and interact with the world around us. We can, however, all make some difference in how we manage our gardens, so that we put ecology first and aim to create havens for wildlife to thrive.
"That is why we are working with Norfolk Wildlife Trust to survey The Bishop’s House Garden. Knowing what plant and animal species are here will allow us to alter our gardening techniques in favour of promoting biodiversity going forward. It will also offer a blueprint for how gardens elsewhere can do the same."
It’s an immense privilege to be the present custodian of the historic Bishop’s House Garden and I am delighted that Norfolk Wildlife Trust is helping me to enhance its biodiversity. With a background as an ecologist, I see caring for God’s creation as a core part of living the Christian life. I hope this joint project will enable that to happen in this patch of God’s earth so that our visitors on summer open days can delight even more in the beauty and diversity of this garden.
Never underestimate the importance of gardens for wildlife! Gardens have a vital role to play in providing food, shelter and space for a whole host of wildlife. No matter what size your garden, you will be amazed at the number of different animals and plants that call it home. Over the year we will show how to incorporate various wildlife friendly features into your own gardens.
Why not start your own garden wildlife audit and record the animals and plants you find in your garden? Share your garden wildlife records with us by emailing us
and, don’t forget to make it a wildlife record we need to know: what you saw, when you saw it, where you saw it (a postcode) and who you are.