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. We’re gathering data from local residents in Naturehoods across Swindon to help us understand more about the species in these areas, and ultimately take positive action for wildlife.
To help spread this message to do #OneThingForWildlife we are running a campaign competition. All you have to do is sign up and register an action on your Naturehood account to enter in to our prize draw!
Jo is our Naturehood Community Engagement Officer in Swindon, running wildlife activities and providing advice to help local people make small changes for nature.
Jo will be hosting drop in sessions at Penhill this autumn. Come along 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!
Where? Penhill Café, John Moulton Hall
When? Every Tuesday afternoon 1pm-3pm (café) and 3pm-4.30pm (reception area), from 29th October
Penhill has a rich history of engaging with environmental issues, and was an obvious choice as a location for establishing one of our inaugural Naturehoods. By supporting Naturehood, you can help us build something truly impactful – if scaled up and rolled out across the country, this project could be an absolute game-changer for UK wildlife.
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Back in 1843, this small town, on the northern outskirts of Swindon, was a rural area suppling water to Arkells Brewery. In the 1950s the land was built on extensively, but many meadows and a local nature reserve remained untouched, making Penhill a very green part of Swindon and rich in many natural communal spaces.
Penhill has a vibrant tight-knit community with many wildlife enthusiasts and existing wildlife initiatives, including Seven Fields Conservation Group, Penhill Orchard Group and Penhill Haven. The objective of these is to invite all residents to come together and make the most of the lush local areas, whilst encouraging residents to actively welcome wildlife into their garden.
We hope that through our project, even more will join to work together as a community, making Penhill a thriving Naturehood.
Join the Penhill Facebook group.
Tadpole Garden Village is a new development in North Swindon. The village has been built to mirror the Garden City Concept, developed by 19th-century reformer Ebenezer Howard, who believed that towns and cities should be built to allow people to live harmoniously with nature.
This development therefore seeks to combine urban and country living to create healthy, sustainable and wildlife friendly communities. The village is surrounded by fields and woodlands, including a 40-hectare nature park, allotments and wild play-areas for children.
Children from Tadpole Garden Village Academy also attend weekly Forest School delivered by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. There is a strong sense of community in Tadpole Garden Village and its residents really care about their natural environment, which makes Tadpole Garden Village a perfect candidate to become one of the first Naturehoods.
Join the Tadpole Garden Village Facebook group.