All creatures great and small
15 February 2021
As part of their 95th anniversary year Norfolk Wildlife Trust will be surveying the Bishop’s House Garden in Norwich to take a detailed look at wildlife found in an urban garden and suggest ways that everyone in Norfolk can improve gardens for wildlife.
Two NWT volunteers will visit the garden each month, in compliance with the Government’s Covid-19 guidelines, to record the birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and some of the invertebrates – in particular the bees and butterflies – using the garden. Details of all the records will be shared with Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service.
NWT will share the wildlife findings in video clips and blog posts, with tips on actions to take to improve your own garden for wildlife. They encourage everyone to share their own garden wildlife updates with them via the NWT website and social media.
Later in the year NWT intends to hold a community “BioBlitz” open garden event at the Bishop’s House Garden. Expect wildlife activities for all ages, and the opportunity to take part in citizen science surveys in the garden. The event will raise money for NWT’s Children And Nature Fund, which enables projects connecting children with the natural world. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, projects included working with Norwich Foodbank to provide activities during school holidays; and wildlife outreach sessions at local Sure Start children’s centres, for the very young and their families.
Chief Executive of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Pamela Abbott said: “This year Norfolk Wildlife Trust reaches its 95th anniversary and we are spending the year recognising how wonderful our local wildlife is and how we can all take action to look after it.”
Senior Wildlife and Community Officer at Norfolk Wildlife Trust Gemma Walker, said: “Never underestimate the importance of gardens for wildlife! Gardens have a vital role to play in providing food, shelter and space for a whole host of species. Join us this year in taking a closer look at your garden and make space for wildlife. No matter what size your garden, you will be amazed at the number of different animals and plants that call it home.”
Bishop Graham said: “It’s an immense privilege to be the present custodian of the historic Bishop’s House Garden and I am delighted that Norfolk Wildlife Trust is helping me to enhance its biodiversity.
“With a background as an ecologist, I see caring for God’s creation as a core part of living the Christian life. I hope this joint project will enable that to happen in this patch of God’s earth so that our visitors on summer open days can delight even more in the beauty and diversity of this garden.”