Individuals & Families

As habitats in our wider countyside continue to fragment and disappear, our gardens have become ever more important refuges for wildlife. Gardens can provide habitats that may be completely missing in our local areas such as ponds and suitable hibernation or nesting sites.

​You can help by completing one (or more) of our wildlife pledges and we have a wild incentive for you!

A random lucky 15 Otley-based pledgers will receive a free hedgehog house or bird nest box made by our talented friends at Wharfedale Men’s Shed.

All you need to do is:

  • Choose which of the pledges below you would like to complete, or you may have already completed.

  • Take a photo of your completed pledge(s) e.g. a pond, a bag of peat-free compost, an area of grass you’ve left to grow etc.

  • Post your photo on your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages using #mywildlifepledge and email to

Our 15 winners will be selected at the end of January 2022.

We’re looking forward to seeing what you’ve done in your garden or outside space. 

Happy pledging!


Let the grass and weeds grow

Leaving a wild patch in your lawn means less work for you and provides food and shelter for all sorts of creatures, such as birds and insects.



Feed the birds

You’ll be amazed at how many different types of bird will visit your garden.


Build a minibeast hotel

Suitable hideaways can be hard to find, so your hotel will make minibeasts feel safe and warm.



Grow plants and flowers butterflies and bees will love

Fill your garden with colour and lots of species of butterflies and bees will be attracted.


Water for wildlife

Every living thing needs water and anything from a bird bath to a garden pond will keep the wildlife coming.



Give birds a home

Put up a nest box and if you’re lucky you may see the baby birds taking their first flight.


Give mammals a home

Bats boxes and hedgehog houses will keep them safe and warm.



Create a hedgehog highway

If you and your neighbours make small gaps in your fences and hedges this will give our prickly friends room to roam.


Stop using weed killers and slug pellets

Without them frogs, toads and hedgehogs will hoover up all those pesky slugs!



Buy peat-free compost

So we are not destroying the remaining peat bogs, which are great homes for wildlife.

Download your copy of our ideas for individuals and families.