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Although we aren’t likely to be out-and-about this month, that doesn’t mean the hedgehogs, birds and bugs that might visit your garden will be staying home!

This month we are running an amazing giveaway of fruiting trees and shrubs, as well as window boxes with a pollinator-friendly flower seed mix, within our Naturehoods: Florence Park (East Oxford), Marston (New and Old, Oxford), Penhill (Swindon) and Tadpole Garden Village (Swindon).

To earn your prize all you have to do is talk to a friend, family member or neighbour – be it online, over the phone or even keeping your distance over the garden fence - about our project. Once they’ve signed up, one of you needs to send both your names and email addresses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’ll be in touch to arrange for your prizes to be delivered as soon as government advice indicates that it is safe to do so. As this may take a while, we will also work to ensure all prizes you receive will be appropriate to the planting season, so you don’t miss out!

To try and reach as many people (and gardens) as possible, we can only offer one prize per person, but please do share our message with as many people as you can! And of course make sure you get in touch before the end of April to claim your prize. If we have any Naturehood sharing superstars we will make sure you’re properly recognised and thanked too.

A great way to find a neighbour to link up with and both get a prize is by sharing Naturehood on social media with something like:

Exciting news! Together we can win trees, shrubs or flowers for our gardens through our local wildlife project Naturehood. They work to transform our area for local species by supporting people to take action for wildlife, as well as collecting information about our gardens to inform scientific research. Sign up this month and let them know that I referred you, so we can both win a prize! It explains it all here - 

Statement on COVID-19 and Naturehood

We know that lots of you will be limiting your activities over the coming weeks, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We thought it was important to let you know that we are too.

Naturehood activities are, on the whole, based in your private space, be that a garden or a windowbox. They’re also a brilliant way to get active when your options are more limited. Basically there’s no reason not to do Naturehood right now. 

However, a big part of our project is community events and activities in Oxford and Swindon. To ensure that everyone stays safe and well, we’ll be cancelling all our drop-in sessions and face-to-face activities until further notice.

We’re currently looking at the best ways we can support you and your community through our digital channels, and will be in touch again soon with our plans.

Naturehood is run by Earthwatch Europe – you can read our full statement on COVID-19 on the Earthwatch website.

Naturehood maps are live!

We are excited to now be showcasing your contributions to Naturehood online in our interactive maps!

To see where people are taking part in our project take a look at our map of users here.
Find out about the actions people are taking for wildlife near you on this map don't forget to add your own actions by logging to your Naturehood account

Also for residents of our Naturehoods in Oxford and Swindon visit these specific pages to see who is working to welcome wildlife back in to their gardens in your neighbourhood.

Naturehood competition

Starting from February we are running a competition to encourage you to take action for wildlife. Asking all our participants to do #OneThingForWildlife

On offer are:
  • Bee hotels (like the one pictured)
  • Mini ponds
  • Flower planters or fruit trees
  • Vouchers for local garden centres
To take part all you have to do is sign up your account in one of our target cities and record at least one action that you are taking for wildlife in your space. 

Taking action is simpler than you might think as shown in our short videos on seasonal actions, with lots of resources on our website to answer your questions and queries. 

Once you've taken action be sure to record it on your Naturehood account for a chance to win

Reversing the decline of nature

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 all our participants to do #OneThingForWildlife.

Join in with Naturehood and help showcase your local community. Plus discover how easy and fun it is to meaningfully support your local wildlife, from raking up piles of leaves to building bird boxes or digging a pond.

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.

©Earthwatch 2020  
Unless otherwise credited, all illustrations © Chris Shields, and all wildlife photographs © Steven Falk
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By selecting one or more of our five priority species, you can help us find out more about their life cycle and how their habitat affects them, and access specific activities to help you support that species.
By selecting one or more of our five priority species, you can help us find out more about their life cycle and how their habitat affects them, and access specific activities to help you support that species. This feed shows you the activities you can complete next. We’ll remind you when there’s an activity coming up for you to complete.
We need to know as much as possible about your Naturespace – it could be your garden, a window box, an area of your school grounds or even a public space like a park. To fully take part in Naturehood you’ll need to work through the four stages in this section.
If you’ve taken any of the Naturehood actions since setting up your Naturespace, record them here. Please click on the ‘Tell us’ button next to the relevant action icon.
If you belong to one of our designated Naturehoods, a map of the area will appear here and you will view data specific to your Naturehood. Otherwise you will be assigned to the “Global” Naturehood and will view data from across the UK.
If you manage to get a great photo of one of our five priority species within your Naturespace, you can tell us about it and upload images here.
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By selecting one or more of our five priority species, you can help us find out more about their life cycle and how their habitat affects them, and access specific activities to help you support that species.
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