What is a Naturehood?

A Naturehood is your surrounding neighbourhood or local community

The project aims to bring communities together to act positively for wildlife.


By being part of a Naturehood and joining in activities, from garden wildlife surveys to guided nature walks, you can help us learn more about the wildlife in your neighbourhood and how best to support it.

Find out how you can Support our Naturehood Five

Surrounding Area

Naturehoods have no strict boundaries, instead we define them as areas that have closely-linked green spaces, such as gardens or parks, which have the potential to act as connected habitats for wildlife. We can then gather the data collected from local residents within each Naturehood, which will help us understand more about the species populations in the area and monitor the effectiveness of wildlife-friendly actions.

The initial project phase involves the creation of four official Naturehoods: two in Oxford and two in Swindon . These Naturehoods will be supported by local Community Engagement Officers that will run wildlife-focused events and activities in the area. However anyone, anywhere, can take part in the Naturehood project, or even begin your own Naturehood community!

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Get Involved

Unless otherwise credited, all illustrations © Chris Shields, and all wildlife photographs © Steven Falk
Connect with Naturehood:
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.
The species quizzes are a fun way for you to get started with Naturehood and test your knowledge on any of our Naturehood 5 species. Click on any of the species icons to get started.