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Naturehood Competition

We know that individually making small changes to your garden, balcony or window box can make a difference to local wildlife, so think of what could be achieved if hundreds of people across the community each made a change. That's why we are asking people to do #onethingforwildlife this autumn.

To help spread this message and encourage people to take part, we are running a campaign competition.

All you have to do is sign up (for free) and register an action on your Naturehood account to enter in to our prize draw!

We have a selection of prizes for winners within  our target cities of Oxford and Swindon

  • Each week sparrow boxes are up for grabs
  • October prize – hedgehog house
  • November prize – £25 voucher for a local garden centre
  • The grand prize – a garden makeover tailored to your space

To find out more about the campaign and competition, or to get help registering your account, come and meet your local community engagement officer at a drop in session in Oxford or Swindon.

Reversing the decline of nature

This autumn, Naturehood is launching drop in sessions across Oxford and Swindon, giving locals the chance to meet the team face to face and take positive action for wildlife.

The 2019 State of Nature report found that in just 50 years, a worrying 41% of species in the UK have declined in number. Ever increasing pressures – from climate change to pollution – threaten our wildlife, with 15% of species in Great Britain now at risk of extinction.

But there is hope. By taking small, simple actions, we can all play a part in helping UK wildlife to thrive. That’s where Naturehood comes in. From instructions on how to build your own hedgehog house to top tips on gardening for wildlife, Naturehood has an activity to suit you and your green space, no matter the size.

We know that making small changes to your garden, balcony or window box can make a difference to your local wildlife, but think of what could be achieved if hundreds of people across the community each took action – the positive impact would be so much bigger. That’s why we’re asking you to do one thing for wildlife this autumn.

Join us and meet your local community engagement officer at our drop in sessions in Oxford and Swindon to discover how easy and fun it is to support your local wildlife, whether you fancy building a bird box or just finding out more about Naturehood!

Naturehood Florence Park

Naturehood is gathering momentum in the Florence Park area of Cowley. We have been to the Oxford City Farm, who are going to track the changes in the wildlife garden and pond area using our Naturehood surveys with volunteers.

We had a busy time at the super-sunny Flo Fest, where we spoke to lots of locals who were enthusiastic about bringing more wildlife into their gardens. We also made lots of apple bird feeders and seed bombs, and we hope that these flowers are growing well and providing more habitat for pollinators.

The fantastic Emma Eatough came along to lead our Naturehood Bee Walk in Florence Park, and we had about 18 people attend. We learnt how to catch bees, identify them, and tell the differences between bees, hoverflies and wasps. Not only that, but Emma dispelled a lot of myths about bees and wasps, and everyone went away feeling more confident about increasing pollinator numbers in gardens!

Naturehood Marston

Naturehood went along to run a session with the 43rd Oxford beaver scouts in July. We visited the Marston Community Orchard, exploring the area and recording all the wildlife we found. All the beavers went home with a packet of wildflower seed which can be planted in autumn to go towards achieving their gardening activity badge.

Emma Eatough joined us at the beautiful Milham Ford Nature Park for our Naturehood Bee Walk. The sunny weather meant we found lots of bees, and the younger children even had a go at catching them in pots and releasing them safely. It was a fantastic event and we hope to encourage more people in Marston to explore their local green spaces in the future, you never know what creatures you might find!

Swindon Naturehood Launch

In April Earthwatch and our partners, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust hosted launch events in our two Swindon Naturehoods - Penhill and Tadpole Garden Village. On 6th of April Penhill residents were invited to take part in a family friendly community event hosted in John Moulton Community Hall and the adjacent green space - Penhill Haven. The day was filled with wildlife-themed activities such as wildlife walks, DIY workshops such as bird box and flower planters building and storytelling. Children could get their faces painted as one of five Naturehood species; early bumblebees, small tortoiseshell butterflies, hedgehogs, house sparrows and common frogs, and there was a free BBQ.

Tadpole Garden Village residents enjoyed similar activities in their Naturehood on 27th April. Both days were very busy, with over a hundred residents attending each event, and received excellent feedback. We are now in the process of planning more Naturehood events in Swindon.

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Unless otherwise credited, all illustrations © Chris Shields, and all wildlife photographs © Steven Falk
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