Welcome to the web pages for the Biodiversity in Urban Gardens projects (BUGS). The work described here is research that has been, or is being, carried out at the University of Sheffield into the biodiversity and conservation value of domestic gardens in urban areas. There are two BUGS projects:
The original BUGS project was a detailed investigation of the biodiversity and habitats in gardens in a single city (Sheffield), funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. This project finished at the end of 2002, but the web site is still available, giving information about the project, outlines of the results and details of the published output.
The second project builds on the methods and findings of the first study, but involves work across five cities in the UK. This project ran from 2004-2007, and was funded by English Nature (now Natural England), the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment and Heritage Service (Northern Ireland), Scotland and Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research (SNIFFER) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.