When people think of important habitats for wildlife, they will probably conjure up images of woodlands, moors and other wild, open spaces.
But some of the UK's most important habitats are right under our noses: our gardens.
Whether your garden is a huge green space or a tiny paved patio, there's plenty you can do to make it a welcome refuge for all kinds of creatures.
Gardens play a vital role in the survival of many species. As well as offering food and shelter, they form corridors that allow species to travel safely between built-up areas and open spaces.
And some specific habitats – such as ponds, nectar-rich flowers and bird nesting sites – may be far more readily available in your garden than in the wild.
There are around 15 million gardens in the UK, covering an estimated 270,000 hectares – more than all the country's National Nature Reserves. Each individual garden may only be a small – or even tiny – wildlife haven. But together our gardens form a huge network of green spaces that wildlife increasingly relies upon.