Resources

We’re currently working on offering information sheets, activity sheets and challenges which are easily downloadable. Please keep checking this page, as we’ll regularly update it to include more.

We’re asking everybody to take part in the Wilder St Albans ‘How Wild Are We?’ survey between May 23rd and June 6th 2021. If you live on a Wilderhood Watch Street, please email your completed survey to nadia@wilderhoodwatch.org as well as hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/wilderstalbans.

Our Plant Guide includes pollinator-friendly plants for every season, which are easy to grow and propagate. Especially useful when planning what to plant in your flower beds or planters, or deciding which plants are good to swap between neighbours. To swap, just divide the plants if they grow in a clump, or search out seedlings close to the main plant. You could also take a cutting and wait for it to grow roots or collect the seeds. For more ideas on what to plant, check out this Wildlife Trust page as well as the RSPB, which has photos of 7 easy-to-grow Summer flowering plants for pollinators.

Make your walk to school or the shops way more interesting by trying out our Pavement Plants Challenge. Tick off how many wildflowers you see growing on verges and pavement cracks along your road and send us your results!

We’ve found this brilliant Bee Friendly Planting Activity from the RSPB, which gives detailed instructions on how to plant your own pollinator-friendly flower bed. Try to source your plants from neighbour’s gardens, so that you know they’re chemical and peat-free. They’ll also grow much better than anything you’ll buy in a garden centre!

For more great activities try downloading Plantlife’s Wildflower Spotter sheets. They have photos and fun facts about wildflowers you’re likely to come across for every month of the year!

For a list of common butterflies and the plants you can grow to help them, try this page on the Wildlife Trust website. You can click on any species in the list, both butterflies and plants, to find photos plus more detailed information.

For more detailed information on native bee species and their preferred plants visit this page on the Wildlife Trust website. Even more ideas for what to plant to keep your pollinators happy!

Books

Thirteen Paces by Four by Joe Gray

The Remarkable Trees of St Albans by Kate Bretherton

Wilding by Isabella Tree

The Garden Jungle: Or Gardening to Save the Planet by Dave Goulson

The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland by John Lewis-Stempel

Wildlife Gardening by Kate Bradbury