The two leading charities have produced an up-to-date website, packed with information on how to create habitats attracting insects, mammals, reptiles and birds.
Whatever type of garden people have, whether it’s traditional mixed flower borders, a small gravel frontage or patio pots or window boxes on a balcony, suggestions on the website help gardeners find plants to appeal to a plethora of wildlife.
Alan Titchmarsh, MBE, VMH, and RHS vice president says: "Gardeners have always had a special relationship with wildlife, whether its understanding the importance of pollination or experiencing the personal pleasure it gives. Who doesn’t enjoy watching a robin waiting for worms when you are digging over the soil or a bright blue dragonfly hovering over your pond? Children are fascinated by animals and insects, so it’s a great way of sparking their interest in gardening and the world around them."
Even if gardeners have only a couple of hours a week to spend in the garden, there are suggestions on what can be done each month. For instance in September, bird feeders and tables need to be cleaned in preparation for the return of birds as the temperature drops. For a weekend there are larger projects such as building a pond or making a compost café.
Stephanie Hilborne, chief executive for The Wildlife Trusts, said: "From hedgehogs to hawkmoths, stag beetles to slow worms, so many species can benefit from a wildlife-friendly garden. There is so much pleasure to be had from watching a blue tit family move into a nest box you have erected, or simply sitting in your garden in the sunshine listening to the hum of bees feeding on your nectar-rich plants.
"Wildlife gardens are an essential part of what can make the UK “A Living Landscape” for us all to enjoy. This website will help people understand what they can do, whatever their green patch might consist of, to make sure wildlife thrives, now and well into the future."