The survey reveals that the majority of gardens are small and because of this work will be required to educate and encourage those with small gardens as to how they can undertake measures to improve their garden biodiversity without a significant loss of their own functional space.
The responses to various questions show that more education is required to explain how to go about converting parts of the garden in to more wildlife friendly areas. For example, reducing the amount of space given over to lawn grass, and the creation of safe, natural ponds in the garden.
The survey reveals that there are not enough parks in some parts of the City, with 15% of respondents living over a kilometre from the nearest park. Furthermore, that the possibilities should be explored for increasing habitat connections between gardens, nearby green spaces and parks, which may improve the overall levels of biodiversity within the City.
The survey also reveals that more work needs to be done to both encourage people to plant more trees and to use specifically native species. Alongside this, gardeners need to be educated as to how native plants can be introduced in to their planting schemes alongside some of their other traditional favourites. Further assistance needs to be given to the public in determining exactly what native plant species are and how these are of benefit to biodiversity. An ongoing education program needs to be put in place to explain the reasons for using native plants in the garden.
In addition, the survey reveals that, as the main point of purchase for plants, garden centres should be supplying more information about growing native plants and they should be encouraged to provide information to the public about the known wildlife value of all plants being sold.
As respondents have a particular liking for garden birds, it is recommended that an awareness campaign on biodiversity could use birds as a themed focus, such that improving the garden habitat for birds will have knock-on benefits for other species.
The survey reveals that more information is required on organic methods of gardening.
In general terms, more information on biodiversity needs to be given to the public through a variety of methods such as local authority literature and campaigns, via points of purchase such as garden centres, and through the wider media, namely newspapers and magazines, radio and television. A strategy will need to be devised including education on the subject at schools level.