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Wildlife Gardening with Kate Bradbury

Roots and All Podcast Episode 21 – Wildlife Gardening with Kate Bradbury

Following on from my episodes on native vs. non-native plants and gardening for wildlife, who better for me to interview than wildlife gardening guru Kate Bradbury?

We talk about the best ways to garden for wildlife, including what to put in to your wildlife garden and what to leave out. Kate champions some unusual species and our conversation touches upon aspects that may surprise even the most seasoned wildlife gardener.

The timing was perfect too, as Kate’s new book Wildlife Gardening for Everyone and Everything hit the shelves 5 days ago. Once she’s tempted you with snippets of wildlife gardening gold, you can go buy the book and find out everything you need to know about turning your own garden, whatever its size, into a haven for all creatures great and small.

We cover:

Providing shelter in the garden

Kate’s top features to include in a wildlife garden

Kate’s top plants for wildlife

Common mistakes we make when trying to help wildlife

The decline of certain species

Gardening for flies!

Resources for wildlife gardeners

About Kate Bradbury

Kate Bradbury is an award-winning author and journalist, specialising in wildlife gardening. She edits the wildlife pages of BBC Gardeners World Magazine and regularly writes articles for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, RHS magazine The Garden and BBC Wildlife and BBC Countryfile magazines.

In 2015 she became the first Butterfly Ambassador for conservation charity Butterfly Conservation, and she writes a quarterly column for its members magazine, Butterfly. Kate regularly talks at events and festivals, and appears on radio including BBC Gardeners Question Time and the popular RHS gardening podcast.

She also makes wildlife gardening videos for She lives and breathes wildlife gardening, and is currently transforming a tired north-facing patio garden into a wildlife oasis, where she hopes to attract a wealth of creatures including frogs, toads, newts, birds, beetles, hedgehogs, butterflies, not to mention her very favourite, and first love: bees.


Buy a copy of Kate’s new book Wildlife Gardening for Everyone and Everything here

Kate on Twitter @Kate_Bradbury

On Instagram kategbradbury

The Bumblebee Flies Anyway by Kate Bradbury – Buy Here

The Wildlife Gardener by Kate Bradbury – Buy Here

Butterfly Conservation

Big Butterfly Count

Moths Count


Bumblebee Conservation Trust

BTO (British Trust for Ornithology)

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