By Mary Jones 25th March 2020

Grow your own

Grow your own sunflowers, vegetables or a wildflower meadow! What is more joyous than seeing a little seedling grow each day into a beautiful plant? You could even have competitions to see whose is the tallest, widest, or produces the most flowers.

Record the wildlife

Record the wildlife in your garden using iRecord. iRecord is a website and app that allows you to submit biological records. This information allows us to build up a picture of where different species are around the UK. If it is done regularly, then we can see how a species’ location, or distribution, is changing and may be able to conserve or manage it better.

Pollinating  bee on a flower

Improve your identification skills

Improve your wildlife identification skills. Buy a set of FSC fold-out guides to get started and use the iSpot website, which allows you to upload photos and details of the plants and animals that you find. Experts respond to you to let you know what species it is or, if you made a guess, if your identification was correct. If you have the basics covered and have a more advanced identification book that has been sitting on a shelf gathering dust, take this moment to dust it off and get practising.

A moth being safely identificed in an identification pot

Create a new habitat

Have a go at creating a new habitat in your garden. Create a mini pond for aquatic invertebrates or a nest box for birds. We love insect hotels which create shelter for all sorts of important insects, such as beetles and spiders. Over time you will start to notice more wildlife in your garden.

A Habitat Home in a Sunny Garden

Share online

Share your knowledge and green space online. If you are passionate about the natural world and have something to share or just have a lovely green space near you, then pick up a camera or phone and get photographing! Take part in FSC’s #fscfinds twitter challenge by sharing your photos on twitter and tagging them with #fscfinds