Why we would pay more for a house with bugs in the garden

A wildlife garden. Photo: Sandra Monk
A wildlife garden. Photo: Sandra Monk

Two thirds of people in the South East would consider paying more for a house if it had a wildlife-friendly garden.

That’s the findings of a UK wide survey.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 people answered ‘yes, definitely’, another 15 per cent answered ‘probably’ and 37 per cent said ‘maybe’.

More than 9 out of 10 said they were happy when they saw wildlife in their garden, and 92 per cent feel they have a duty to protect it.

Across the region, 80 per cent 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 garden wildlife following the launch of the RSPB’s new campaign, Giving Nature a Home, which aims to help tackle the crisis facing the UK’s threatened wildlife.

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.

“Individual actions will make a difference and start to help tackle the lack of habitats for some of our wild creatures. In my garden I’ve put up a nest box for birds and planted nectar-rich flowers to attract bees.

“If everyone can do just one thing and gave nature a home in their outside space it would be amazing - together we can make a big difference.”

RSPB south east spokesperson Sophie McCallumsaid: “The results of this survey are really encouraging.

“To find out that the majority of people in the south east think having a wildlife-friendly garden is so important they’d consider paying more for one is great news.

“Nature in the UK is in trouble and some of our more familiar garden species are amongst those suffering serious declines.

“Gardens provide a valuable lifeline for things like starlings, toads, hedgehogs and butterflies, so we want to persuade people to give nature a home where they live – it could really help make a difference.”

And Rightmove spokesman Matthew James said: “The garden has always been one of the key aspects many buyers consider when looking for their dream home, and for some it can even end up being the deciding factor.

“For so many homebuyers to say they would consider paying more for one is a very promising sign for the Give Nature a Home campaign.

“Wildlife-friendly gardens, as well as helping to prevent a further decline in some species, can be a great way for families to enjoy the outdoors and learn more about the creatures that live, quite literally, on their doorstep.”