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Wildlife Gardening


21 Apr 2018 10am – 3pm

Learn how to welcome wildlife into your garden, the variety of wildlife that you can attract and which plants will attract wildlife. Your tutor Susan will start the session with a bit of a brainstorm of ideas and then you will look at how wildlife habitats to attract and help wildlife can be created in more detail.

Sometime will be spent outside exploring the dry garden, wildflower meadow and pond at Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve.

Discover more about:

  • How to create mini wildlife habitats
  • Plants for pollinators
  • Wildlife species your garden can attract
  • Planting options for borders and wildflower meadows
  • Useful plants for wildlife

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Is this course for me?
This is a great course if you are hoping to improve the range of micro habitats like a mini wildflower meadow or bog garden for wildlife in your garden and understanding more about wildlife gardening in general.

 When and where?

Saturday 21 April 2018 – 10am to 3pm

Please arrive 10 minutes before the course is due to start

Testwood Lakes – Meet at the Testwood Lakes Education Centre, free parking is available on site.

Parking is free

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What do I need to bring?

  • Clean wellington boots
  • Warm & waterproof clothing suitable for the weather on the day
  • Notebook and pen or pencil if you want to take notes
  • Drink or snacks


Susan Simmonds – Education Officer

Susan has a lifelong passion for wildlife and graduated in Environmental Science, she has worked and volunteered in the conservation sector for over 15 years. Susan is a part-time lecturer at Sparsholt College on the Ecology and Conservation Management degree.  Susan has a Certificate to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS) and enjoys teaching her skills through courses like plant species identification and mammal tracks and signs to others. She has a desire to make a difference and to play a part in conserving our natural world and believes that she can do that through further study and ultimately through lecturing and research. She loves species identification and regularly teaches wildflower identification; water vole survey techniques and more recently river fly surveying.

Susan has worked closely with a local primary school to assist them in using their outdoor environment. As the chairperson for the school’s Woodland Committee she has written a management plan for the site and oversees its management.


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