ZSL London Zoo has some big hitters: the Penguin Beach, the Gir Lion Lodge, the Tiger Territory. But the attraction’s newest addition is all about the little guys. Today, the Zoo opens its Wildlife Garden, an outdoor horticultural space filled with mini-beast hotels, lilypad-hanging frogs and even a tiny highway for hedgehogs.
The new arrival focuses on the work of Garden Wildlife Health project, an initiative coordinated by ZSL vets to help monitor and identify threats to British wildlife. The idea is that green-fingered visitors to the garden can pick up ideas on how to protect the butterflies, blue tits and other creatures that hang out in their own backyard (or, as it’s known in many teensy London flats, ‘the window sill’).
But if you are lucky enough to have a Brazilian strip’s worth of grass outside your home, the Wildlife Garden might just help you turn it into a ‘haven for native species’. You'll be the Dr Dolittle of stag beetles in no time.
Don’t have a wildlife garden of your own? Why not visit one of these green spaces for urban gardeners.