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Find Answers to the Common Naturehood Questions


Please find below a list of our most popular questions. If you can not find the answer to your question then please contact us:
What makes Naturehood different from other citizen science projects?

We are interested in the effectiveness of wildlife actions at scale, rather than on an individual basis. We will also be collecting baseline data and alongside this, we have the community element of working together as a ‘Naturehood’.

Naturehood seems to collect similar data to Hedgehog Street, RSPB and other similar organisations - why duplicate projects?
We are actively working with these organisations where it is appropriate to do so. For example, we are sharing our data with the Hedgehog Street project and RSPB swift project. If people contribute data through Naturehood, it allows us to measure effectiveness of interventions.
You mention urban areas and cities - I live in a suburban area, town, village, on a farm – can I still take part?
Yes, your data is important too and we encourage you to create a Naturespace profile and start recording wildlife. We are particularly focusing on urban areas, as these are sometimes seen as not as important for wildlife and there is a lot of potential for change, however anyone anywhere can take part in Naturehood.
I am not within an official Naturehood – the project says that multiple households in a community participating is really important, should I participate?
Any action for wildlife is important and can make a difference, so we would love to know about it. Perhaps by you making changes, you may encourage your neighbours to do so too and then you could start your own Naturehood in your area. Anybody anywhere can take part!
I want to participate, but I don’t want to share personal information about where I live.
We need to know where you are to be able to accurately record where the wildlife surveys and Naturespace actions have been done. Your information will be kept securely, anonymously and we will not share details of who you are.
I want to focus on a species that you don’t list - what do I do?
We are looking to have the option to record other wildlife sightings in the future, however, in the meantime you can record sightings of other species using iNaturalist, iRecord, iSpot or another suitable citizen science recording apps.
There is a water shortage and hosepipe ban, but I want to install a pond action, what do I do?
The best water to fill your pond with is rain water. You can begin to build your pond and also get a water butt to collect any rainwater that falls, to enable you to fill it up. Always listen to local advice from your water company.
I have found a dead wild animal in my garden - what do I do?
Visit https://www.gardenwildlifehealth.org/ to find out what to do when you find a dead animal in your garden. Make sure that you wear gloves or other protection to avoid any risk of disease transmission.
I have found an injured wild animal in my garden - what do I do?
The best thing to do would be to either contact your local wildlife rescue centre or veterinary centre and ask for advice, as this may differ depending on what species you have found.
I have fruiting plants and mushrooms growing in my garden. Can I eat any of these?
We would advise not to consume any wild plants or mushrooms, unless you have been informed by a professional wild forager that it is safe to eat.
Are any of the plants you recommend toxic or dangerous to children or pets?
Some of the plants, trees and shrubs that we have recommended are fantastic for wildlife, but are not safe to eat by people or pets. If you have any concerns and would like to know if the plants that you are planning to grow are toxic, then please feel free to email us.
My neighbours are unhappy about the look of my garden. I have left unmown patches and they think it’s ‘scruffy’ and makes the street look bad. What do I do?
Let your neighbours know you are taking part in Naturehood and the reason for the way your garden looks. Provide them with a leaflet, or put up a ‘wild area’ sign!
I have contributed data on a BioBlitz - why should I sign up to Naturehood?
BioBlitzs are great and create a lot of data in a short period of time. However, our focus is more long-term, about how an area changes over time.
Why isn’t there a Naturehood app?
Apps become quickly outdated and we would prefer to put more resources into other areas of the project.
My school wants to participate, but we have no green space – what can we do?
Send us an email and we will get in touch with you – there are certainly ideas that we can recommend!
My school isn’t in any of the official Naturehood areas – can we take part?
Our schools programme covers the UK, regardless of whether you sit within a Naturehood, so do get in touch!
I want to create a wildlife passageway, but I don’t know if I am allowed.
Wildlife passageways should not be installed without knowledge of who owns the boundary on the other side. Naturehood would like to encourage collaboration between individuals within a community and we have provided resources to explain to neighbours about the positive impacts of specific wildlife actions such as passageways.
Can I introduce wildlife (including frogspawn) into my pond?
Planting suitable recommended plants for your pond is fine, however translocating wildlife such as frogspawn is not necessary, they will usually find your pond pretty quickly! By moving wildlife, you may also be spreading disease, so we advise against this.
If I reduce or stop using pesticides, how do I keep my plants safe from pests?
See our ‘put away the pesticides’ action page.
Why do I have to wait to install my intervention?
Ideally, we would like people to survey wildlife before installing actions, then after as well to see any difference. However, if you would like to install an action straight away, we will still value your survey data.
I want to install a wildlife action, but I live in a rented property. What can I do?
Always check with your estate agent or landlord if you are unsure.
Should food and water be left out for hedgehogs?
Naturehood is not assessing the action of leaving food and water out for hedgehogs, but if you are thinking of feeding them please follow the PTES guidelines, paying close attention to the information that hedgehogs are lactose intolerant, so milk should not be provided.

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