People pay more for homes with wildlife gardens, survey reveals

A UK wide survey has revealed seven out of 10 people in the South East would consider paying more for a property which has a wildlife-friendly garden.

Together, the RSPB and Rightmove asked 1,548 people across the UK a series of questions relating to gardens and garden wildlife.

In answer to the question 'would you pay more for a house with a wildlife friendly garden?' 16% per cent of agreed they would.

Of those surveyed, 95 percent of people said they were happy when they saw wildlife in their garden, and 92 per cent feel they have a duty to protect wildlife.

Across the region, 80 per cent of respondents agreed that gardens can really make a difference in helping to save some of the threatened species in the UK.

The survey was carried out to get an insight into people's knowledge and interest in UK garden wildlife following the launch of the RSPB's new campaign, Giving Nature a Home.

The charity is urging the nation to provide a place for wildlife in their own gardens and outside spaces and hopes to inspire people across the UK to create a million new homes for nature.

TV homes expert, Linda Barker, is supporting the campaign and said: "To me, having wildlife in your garden is the perfect finishing touch to any home. Planting wild flowers, digging a pond or creating a log pile for bugs is not just a good way of getting creative and making your garden more attractive, but it will also benefit threatened garden wildlife at the same time."

To find out how you could help provide nature a home, visit rspb.org.uk/homes.

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