Bristol took first place with 7,940 species, home to the Eastern Gray Squirrel and the Speckled Wood Butterfly, followed by Leicester (5,840 species) and Edinburgh (5,285 species).
OnBuy, the UK’s third largest general marketplace, has published a list of the UK’s most biodiverse cities. The brand’s aim is to encourage Britons not only to enjoy but also to take care of their gardens this summer, hoping to provide sanctuary to some of Britain’s most prominent wildlife.
Last year, the Woodland Trust spent £76.1 million in UK charitable donations¹ to help conserve, protect and save Britain’s wildlife. Compared to how much Brits spend on their own gardens, OnBuy found that British households are spending twenty-four times as much (£1.85bn)² on plants, flowers and other garden items.
Spending has risen by 33 per cent in the last five years, suggesting Brits are getting more involved in gardening, but animal welfare is not necessarily a top priority when it comes to renovating their back gardens.
The brand used data from the National Biodiversity Network Atlas to determine which cities in the UK have the densest populations of different species of insects and mammals, highlighting the most common species in each of the categories and how to get them into people’s gardens can lure.
For more information and tips on attracting and caring for these animals, visit https://www.onbuy.com/gb/blog/make-your-garden-a-wildlife-sanctuary-this-summer~a748/ Page? site.
The UK has lost almost half of its animal and plant species to land and human exploration since the Industrial Revolution³ and this number is set to continue to rise.
In the UK, the bumblebee is a particularly endangered insect, particularly the large yellow bumblebee and the garish carderbumblebee. Britain has already lost 23 species of bees and flower-visiting wasp species since 1850.
To prevent these native insects from declining any further, Britons can use simple gardening tips and tricks to keep Britain’s ecosystem alive.
Liam Tickner, Category Manager at OnBuy said: “We are a nation notorious for its inclement weather but when summer comes we all love to sunbathe, paddle and BBQ in our gardens. But how about learning to make the most of our gardens all year round, with the added benefits of helping Britain’s wildlife?
“We have been surprised by the diversity of species to be found across the UK and how easy it can be to make minor adjustments to your garden that have the potential to make a huge difference to the ecosystem. We hope our research will encourage Brits to be more mindful of their surroundings, teaching them how to tend their gardens and care for the life that thrives in them.”
Highlights include Leicester’s common carder bee, Edinburgh’s common brown bat and Stoke-on-Trent’s western European hedgehog. These popular nocturnal animals are always looking for a place to spend the night, and gardens are often unsuitable at this time.