Create An Urban Wildlife Garden

Our gardens are an important haven for all types of wildlife. They provide a natural habitat for many insects, invertebrates, birds and mammals offering them shelter, food, water and places to raise their young. Nature in the form of plants can also provide food and habitat.

As open spaces disappear and species are lost, establishing a natural habitat in your garden will help you to encourage and provide a refuge for a nature. You’ll enjoy the sight of the unique and precious wildlife in your neighbourhood as well as the plants that you can grow and by creating your own nature garden make a big contribution to supporting the life cycle of all these organisms.

Is this course right for me?

This course is perfect if you live in a town or city and want to support and encourage wildlife; whether you have a small space or a larger garden you will be able to find creative ideas for your garden that you will enjoy and will benefit nature.

This course is particularly good for those who would like gardening advice to encourage more birds and pollinators into the garden as well as the small mammals that live in our urban areas. It will also help you think creatively about the projects and planting you can undertake to support nature in your neighbourhood.

You will need to set aside around 4 to 6 hours for each module for self-guided study.

How your learning will progress

  • Understand your garden
  • Survey your own garden but also look at how it fits within the bigger picture of your neighbourhood and community.

  • Explore your garden’s potential
  • Explore what you feel about wildlife and nature. With our gardening advice find out how you can balance your needs with those of wildlife and set some ground rules for your creative ideas.

  • Designing for wildlife and nature
  • How is your garden planned and what first steps can you take to encourage the beneficial wildlife you’ve identified that you would like? Survey the wildlife and your garden’s features now so you know what you have already before you design and create new features.

  • Building for nature
  • What can you construct to help wildlife in your garden? You will decide on your priorities, create a plan and get started on your first construction project (building skills not necessary!).

  • Planting for wildlife
  • Plants are a big part of bringing wildlife and nature into your garden. How important are native plants to your garden ecology? You’ll discover how can you choose and layer planting for flowers, food, cover and nesting through the year.

  • Your manifesto for wildlife
  • Complete your list of priorities and a long-term plan that will meet the needs of you, your family and pets. You will also set yourself some challenges such as championing a wildlife species, building a wildlife feature or going zero-waste in your garden.

  • Managing your garden for the future
  • How to build some great management ideas into your garden so that you reduce maintenance and live in harmony with wildlife and nature. With our gardening advice, you will explore what it really means to be living with nature as well as some of the best ways of growing and aftercare to support wildlife.

Course materials

Essential: A large tape measure for measuring your outdoor space, a pad and pencil, a compass, an eraser, colour pencils and pens, a scale rule is helpful but a ruler is sufficient, scale or graph paper and a clipboard.

Nice to have: We have a range of books on our reading list. None of these are essential, but they might enhance your understanding of the subject. At the end of each module is a resources section that recommends other optional activities such as podcasts that might help.

Course cost

This online course is divided over 8 modules and is packed with ideas to invite nature and wildlife into your garden. You’ll discover new techniques that will help you develop your garden in simple stages, whatever your garden’s size and whether it's an existing or brand new space. So if you’re going to invite pollinators and birds to use your space or you want to develop a completely new haven for all wildlife then we’ll give you the tools.

Much of the course material is available for you to download and keep. Any non-downloadable material is available for 180 days from the date of purchase, giving you plenty of time to work through the modules at a comfortable pace.

if you have more questions about the course, please visit our FAQ page or email

The cost of this course is £299.