Shelter for your Wildlife

Sunday 13th February 2022 – 10 – 3 pm

The Pavilion in the Park, Victory Park, Cainscross, Stroud. GL5 4JE

We human beings like houses, warm coats, and sunshades, so why not provide shelter for as many animals and insects as possible in your garden.  We will look beyond bird boxes and insect hotels at how we can use and create homes for many different insects and mammals in our gardens, without taking away the space we like to use for our own enjoyment and activities.

 

Objectives of the Workshop

You will leave with

  • More knowledge of the insects we need to protect and what we can do to achieve that
  • An initial design addressing wildlife shelter in your garden and the principles you need to work with
  • A plan of work for the next few weeks
  • A community of people you can tap into for support and advice

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Workshop Outline

During the day the information and techniques we share will be applicable to all sizes of garden and we will help you think through what is specifically relevant for you.  Weather permitting, you will be able to get out in the garden and start doing some things you’ve planned to provide and create in your wildlife garden.

Emily and Chloe will lead the workshop and are delighted that Gareth Parry from Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust has volunteered to come along and share his expertise with us.  Gareth is a keen wildlife gardener and way ahead of Chloe and Emily in what he has created in his own garden, so we’re expecting lots of learning.

The day will be made up of 4 sessions, each lasting about an hour with breaks in between.  We will, or one of our experts will share their knowledge, expertise and or experience with you and then give you a chance to apply this to your garden through discussion with others.  We will mix and match groups according to subject, interest, garden size and location in order to have maximum information exchange.  The session will end with an open forum and questions on the topic.

 

 The Plan for the Day

10:00 am – Opening hellos and explanations of what we are doing and why we are doing it.

10:15 – General Principles of Wildlife and sharing our gardens – We’ll start with you and your garden, how you use it and what you want to create.  We’ll share some of the general principles you need to think about and a few of the fundamentals that you need to know.  It doesn’t matter if you are only just starting out, maybe you are just starting out or maybe you are highly ambitious you will start in this session to think through what you have and what you want to achieve.

11:45 – What do I need to have in my garden to call it a garden for wildlife .  Gareth Parry, Director of Conservation for Gloucestershire Wildlife trust has volunteered to share his knowledge and experience with us.  We have asked Gareth to help us understand what we should pay attention to when designing our gardens – do we start with the structure of gardens, trees, shrubs, composts, ponds or do we start with what species do we want to attract?

Lunch and chat – bring your own – hot and cold drinks provided as part of the day – cakes and goodies on sale.

13.30 – A deep dive into the world of insects and their lifecycles.  Most of us can rattle off about 10 – 15 insects we might find in our garden.  Some of you will know more and some of you will be able to identify specific insects within the species; however, for many of us there is a world in our garden which we want to support and encourage and it’s time to find out more about them.  To provide them with the shelter they need we must understand their lifecycle – who they are, what they do and what support they need from us.

14:30 So what are you going to do or not do?   In our final session you will design and draw your garden and plan what to do and when to do it.  We will encourage you to reuse, recycle and repurpose and not to spend lots of money unless you want to.  We will explore ways in which we can support each other by plant swops, creating cuttings,  and even help each other in our gardens when a job requires more than one person.  

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