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Greening Selsey Garden Survey Results


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Common Carder Bee by David Wyatt

GREENING SELSEY

Creating a Sustainable Future



Greening Selsey is co-ordinated by MWHG with the support of a range of local community groups and organisations. It is an initiative to tackle the climate crisis and biodiversity loss, at a local level. It aims to make Selsey a better place to live for everything and everyone.

With an estimated 16 million gardens in the UK, the way they are managed can make a huge difference to wildlife. Although each garden on its own may be small, together they can form a patchwork of mini nature reserves linking urban green spaces with the wider countryside, giving wildlife the space to adapt and thrive in a changing climate.

Greening Selsey wants wildlife to thrive in Selsey and, as you can see, one of the best places to start is in gardens.

As a first step, in partnership with Selsey Open Gardens, people were encouraged to complete a Wildlife Garden Survey. The main purpose of the survey was to investigate the current value to wildlife of gardens in Selsey. And the simple answer is that most have significant value because of the wildlife-friendly features they contain.

63 completed surveys have been received and here are the results.


Garden Survey Results


1. How would you describe your garden? Tick only one.

Multi-purpose / play garden

6%

Mixture of flower beds, lawns and vegetable beds

74%

Wildlife Garden

11%

Mostly paved

3%

Woodland

2%

Other

4%

2. What size if your garden (include front and back)? Tick only one.

Small - less than half a tennis court

19%

Medium - half a tennis court to a whole tennis court

37%

Large - more than a tennis court

29%

Very Large - more than 2 tennis courts

15%

3. What surrounds your garden? Tick only one.

Wooden fence

42%

Brick / stone wall

12%

Hedges / trees

9%

Combination of the above

37%

4. Which of these features do you have in your garden? Tick all that apply.

Lawn

90%

Pond

29%

Rockery

19%

Vegetable / fruit patch

53%

Patio

66%

Greenhouse

56%

Wild area

56%

None of the above

2%

Other

See question 5 for results

5. Which of these features do you have in your garden and how many different types / species?

Features

1 to 3

4 or more

Trees

48%

39%

Hedges

47%

15%

Shrubs

23%

71%

Perennials (flower every year)

19%

81%

Annuals (flower once then die)

27%

47%

Wild flowers

31%

50%

Climbers - ivy, clematis etc.

34%

53%

Fruiting trees, bushes / shrubs (or with berries)

42%

31%

6. Which of these do you have in your garden to attract wildlife? Tick all that apply.

Bird feeders / table

73%

Bird box / bat box

44%

Pond / bog or wet area

26%

Unmown, long grass area

40%

Plants / flowers to attract wildlife

89%

Dead wood / log pile / tree stump

53%

Hedgehog box

24%

7. How often do you see the following in your garden / near your house? Tick only one answer in each row.

Species

Regularly

Occasionally

Rarely

Never

Garden birds

97%

3%

0%

0%

Butterflies

68%

30%

0%

0%

Bees / wasps / hoverflies

84%

8%

2%

0%

Frogs / toads

11%

10%

24%

31%

Newts

6%

6%

10%

45%

Hedgehogs

16%

18%

24%

24%

Squirrels

19%

18%

19%

21%

Foxes

53%

19%

8%

11%

8. Do you use any of the following in you garden? Tick only one answer in each row.

Regularly

Occasionally

Rarely

Never

Own compost

48%

13%

8%

13%

Animal manure

10%

10%

11%

34%

Green manure

13%

8%

6%

39%

Pesticides / fungicides

0%

5%

16%

47%

Weed killer with glyphosate (eg. Roundup)

0%

11%

16%

45%

Peat-free compost

50%

21%

0%

6%

9. How often do you cut your lawn / grass in summer? Tick only one.

Once a week

74%

Once / twice a month

34%

Once in summer when seeds have set

66%

Beginning and end of the season

73%

Not applicable / no grass

63%

10. When I want new plants I... (Tick all that apply)

Get them from a local garden centre

74%

Order online

34%

Grow from seed

66%

Divide existing plants

73%

Get them from friends or family

63%


11. How much do you know about wildlife gardening? Tick only one.

Nothing at all

A great deal

1

2

3

4

5

5%

14%

45%

29%

7%

12. Wildlife Gardening: which of these would you be interested in? Tick all that apply


Adding more wildlife features eg. small pond, log pile, nest boxes etc.

41%

Attending a free 'Wildlife Gardening' workshop to learn more

32%

Being a 'Wildlife Gardening' ambassador for my street

6%

Doing a wildlife survey in my garden

38%

Getting a wildlife gardening e-newsletter

33%

Other - Promoting hedgehog highways

2%

39 people signed up to hear more updates about wildlife gardening and Greening Selsey.



If you would like to complete a survey, learn more about wildlife gardening, share your own wildlife gardening knowledge, or get involved with Greening Selsey, please get in touch by emailing the organiser: Joe Savill at jsavill@mwhg.org.uk.

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