Going Wild

Maybe a Bullfinch will visit your bird feeder
Make your own bee hotels
Make your own bee hotels
Allowing wild flowers to flourish in your garden will help other creatures.

Everyone is going wild!

We’ve been watching the wonderful BBC series with David Attenborough – “Wild Isles“. And Derbyshire Wildlife Trust have just launched their own Wild Peak project (https://www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/wild-peak).

So we want to create a local network of green spaces for wildlife right across our area. 

Join our “Going Wild” project to be part of our very own ‘community nature recovery network’.

Large or small,  your garden or yard could be part of a wider network of natural havens linking community green spaces with our surrounding countryside. Together, our gardens are a vast living landscape. There are an estimated 16 million gardens in the UK, and the way they are cared for can make a big difference to the natural world. By all playing a small part and connecting with others, we can create a much larger network to enable nature to recover in our area.

What you can do….

We would like you to do at least one of the following:

  • Set aside at least two square metres (it doesn’t need to be very precise) of your garden for wildlife;

  • Undertake at least two wildlife projects in your garden, back yard or window box. 

If you own or are responsible for even more land, then do let us know if you are also doing things to help nature recover and we can add you to our map. TDEG would also be happy to advise anyone who has specific queries about helping nature recover on their land (email: info@tdeg.org.uk). 

On our `sign up` form attached below (click on the green button) are some simple projects which you may already be doing or which you intend to do, so please let us know your plans. 

Sign up below and pledge to set aside some of your garden for wildlife. Let’s make 2023 our year for “Going Wild”. 

Share Your Successes!

Once you are signed up, we hope you will share with us some of your “Going Wild” projects – both the successes and even the things which haven’t worked so well. We can all learn from each other. 

At the bottom of this page, you will find posts about different actions you can try in your garden or on your land, as well as ideas from other TDEG members.

Our very first post came from Going Wild member, Nicky, who has had great success encouraging hedgehogs to her garden. Read more here…

And this summer, Going Wild members, Kate and Ethan have taken their first steps in creating a small wildflower meadow in their garden. Read more here… 

So send us your results – email just a few paragraphs to info@tdeg.org.uk, and include some photos. 

Kate's and Ethan's first attempts at a new wildflower meadow

What we will do…..

We will share ideas and guidance about simple projects you can carry out in your own gardens to help wildlife flourish.

With your permission, we would like to record everyone who has signed up on a simple map to show the extent of our combined efforts. In this way, we can show you how our new community network is developing and connecting all the wilder gardens and other green spaces on maps covering Tideswell and the surrounding area. We will never share your name or address with anyone else – and all our data is protected for your privacy in line with data protection regulations. 

Our Community Nature Recovery Network

The map below shows all the actions that you have taken across our wider area. These include TDEG members who have signed up to the ‘Going Wild` project, our late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee tree planting in 2022, as well as other green spaces where TDEG is working with local organisations to improve their sites for wildlife.

We will add further links as our many projects develop further. Watch this space!

The map is scalable, to show hamlets and villages beyond Tideswell (as we have members across a wider area). 

This tree icon shows the very approximate position of local activities to help nature recover. (Local addresses are quite tricky to pinpoint. If anyone is particularly unhappy that their pin is in the wrong place, do email us at info@tdeg.org.uk so we can move it!).

`Hover` over an icon to find out the activity. If you would like to read more about any activity, you can follow these links for further information – 

Wild Peak

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust would also like to hear from anyone who wishes to improve their land for wildlife, particularly larger landowners and farmers. You can read more about the Wild Peak project here, and sign up to receive advice and more information about helping local nature to recover.

Maybe a Hedgehog will visit your garden
Painted Lady in Tideswell
Plant shrubs for butterflies - like this beautiful Painted Lady on a Buddleia bush
Create a garden pond for frogs and newts

Wildlife Projects for your Garden

We will share wildlife projects for you to try in your own gardens or green space, here on this web page and by occasional email. 

Many organisations also produce great information about gardening for wildlife. Here are some useful links –