Wildlife Friendly Towns and Cities

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The UK’s most welcoming towns and cities for wildlife

All across the UK, British wildlife makes its home. We may not always be able to see every animal and creature that inhabits our towns and cities as well as around the countryside, but the island we call home also provides a home for countless species.

Our towns and cities are home to everything from hedgehogs to birds of prey, but which locations provide the best conditions for our wilder friends? As fresh flower delivery experts, we appreciate how the flowers and plants we love to have in our homes are shared with all types of wildlife, so we wanted to find out which UK town or city is the most wildlife-friendly.

We looked at a range of factors in order to discover the locations which are most welcoming to wildlife, such as population density, pollution levels and the number of nature and wildlife areas.

The UK’s most wildlife friendly towns and cities

1. Dundee - wildlife friendly score of 6.44 out of 10

The Scottish coastal city of Dundee tops the list with a score of 6.44 out of 10. The city is home to a number of wildlife areas, as well as nature and park attractions, but the area in which the city really stands out is air quality and pollution levels. With particularly low levels of air pollution, the city makes a great home for both wildlife and humans alike!

2. Oxford - wildlife friendly score of 6.03 out of 10

The city of dreaming spires scores well across the board, with a wildlife friendly score of 6.03 out of 10. With 1.48 nature and park attractions per square mile, Oxford is a particularly high scorer in this category. There are plenty of green spaces and gardens around the city, from Oxford University Parks to the University of Oxford Botanic Garden.

3. Chesterfield - wildlife friendly score of 5.95 out of 10

Chesterfield also sees good scores across the board, ranking well for the quality of its green spaces and parks, with visitors and residents rating them with an average score of 83.33 out of 100. With beautiful canal walks and green spaces such as Queen’s Park, it’s easy to see why this location would rank so highly.

The UK’s most wildlife friendly regions

When we look at the different regions of the UK as represented across our 50 towns and cities, we can see that some parts of the UK are more welcoming and friendly to the wildlife population than others.

Methodology:

Using a list of the UK’s most populated towns and cities from The Geographist, we looked at six different factors from various sources in order to assign a wildlife friendly score to each location.

Population Density

This number is calculated by dividing the population (according to The Geographist) by the size in square miles (according to Wikipedia).

Nature & Parks Attractions

The number of attractions designated as ‘nature and parks’ listed on Tripadvisor.

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Again taken from Tripadvisor - the number of nature and wildlife areas listed within the nature and parks category.

Air Quality

The levels of PM2.5  according to IQAir. This refers to the particulate matter made up of things such as carbon, chemicals and mineral dust, with a higher score indicating higher levels of these particulates in the air which can be harmful to wildlife and humans alike. Where the city scores were unavailable from this source, they were taken from Numbeo.

Quality of Green Spaces and Parks

An average of user-submitted scores to Numbeo relating to satisfaction levels with the quality of green spaces and parks.

Pollution Index 

A score taken from Numbeo which estimates the overall pollution in a city or town, accounting for air and water pollution as well as other types of pollution.

The scores given for all of these factors have then been given a weighted ranking in order to calculate an overall wildlife friendly score.