The Blue campaign was founded in 2014 by wildlife film maker Fergus Beeley, in response to dramatic biodiversity and biomass declines in the UK. Easy and effective, the only requirement is to allow a patch of land to grow and see what plants and creatures return.
As with all the best ideas it’s amazingly simple and has been taken up across the country. People have been rewilding private gardens, allotments and business yards. An increasing number of councils are also working with the Blue campaign to rewild council land and roadside verges.
Show off what you're doing with a blue heart
Sometimes people worry they might need our permission to use a blue heart - but there is no need! If you are rewilding an area and have permission from the landowner, you’re very welcome to make your own blue heart and put it up. In fact we’d love to see a photo if you have time! We started off making blue hearts ourselves but it became obvious that the only way the campaign could go nationwide was if people made them themselves.
Do you have any blue plastic you could transform? Or perhaps you could visit the local recycling centre and find some wood or other items to transform and paint. In some areas, people have teamed up with friends and neighbours or even got the Design & Technology department of their local school involved.
We're excited to hear from you
Our favourite things are to see photos of your rewilded areas and to help you with any questions you have! We’re always available to offer support so please do get in touch!
A robin sitting on a blue heart sign
BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION www.bigbutterflycount.org
Are you seeing butterflies in your garden? Which ones? You can use our own Butterfly ID guide that you can download from this website to take part in the Big Butterfly Count from Friday 19 July 2019 - Sunday 11 August 2019. Check out their website.
Buglife is a great organisation. One of their projects is creating B-Lines across the UK. - connected corridors of natural habitats. Why don't we help them? Go to their website and highlight your BLUE campaign rewilding activities in your area on their map?
BRITISH TRUST FOR ORNITHOLOGY
The BTO run an excellent 'Gardenwatch' project, with helpful resource PDF's to help you identify our 10 most common birds by sight.
Plantlife are running a Road Verge Campaign. Along with our own letter to Councillors that you can download from this website and send , why not sign Plantlife's petition to keep our road verges safe?
Froglife run a number of excellent events throughout the summer, which are both experiential and educational. BLUE campaigners know that these creatures desperately need the rewilded areas of our gardens.