The day starts for delegates at 9.30 for coffee, and runs through to 4.30.  In addition there will be a Wildlife Gardening Fair open to all visitors to the Centre, with lots of stalls run by suppliers and conservation organisations, so even if you give the formal programme a miss there will be good reason to visit.  The London Wetland Centre is a wonderful place to visit, and we will have great facilities for our meeting.

We have a really strong programme for beginners and wildlife gardening experts alike, with well known keynote speakers and a large number of experts giving talks, walks and workshops on 14 different and important topics in two break-out sessions. We are restricted to 150 delegates, so please read down and book as quickly as possible, since this event will be a sell-out!

Programme:   You can download and print the full programme here - highlights are below

09.30     Coffee and tea for delegates

10.00   Introduction

10.05     What you do matters: A thousand ways to help wildlife in your garden
             Adrian Thomas,  Author, Blogger and Forum Trustee

10.30     Growing the wildlife gardening revolution
             Professor Chris Baines, Author, Broadcaster and Forum Patron

11.00     Morning break-out session (see below for options)

12.15 –  Lunch break and time to visit the Fair and walk round the LWC
  2.00   

  2.00     Afternoon break out session (see below for options)

  3.10     The Bumblebee Flies Anyway: the garden I brought back to life from under a sea of decking
              Kate Bradbury, Author and Broadcaster

  3.35     Wildlife gardening and the London National Park City
              Peter Massini (Greater London Authority) and Paul de Zylva (London National Park City Foundation)

  4.00     Round-up and discussion

  4.30     Finish (Stalls in the Fair open until 5.00)

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Wilflife Gardeners Day
Wildlife Gardening Forum workshop meeting 18th October 2017 London Wetland Centre

This is not a conference as such, but an opportunity for Forum members to talk briefly and informally about projets they are involved with, and to participate in workshops and discussions about pratcicl topics, especiall wetland related!  The London Wetland Centre is a wonderful place to visit, and we will have great facilities for our meeting.

Watch this space for further anouncements, an overall program should be available soon.



Wildlife Gardeners Day  Saturday May 19th 2018

This is a joint venture by the Wildlife Gardening Forum and the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust at the London Wetland Centre  SW13 9WT

Break-out options


There are 14 excellent options available during the breakout sessions, and most are repeated morning and afternoon.

The break-out sessions allow time to go to two 25 minute options, one after the other, unless you choose the 1 hour offerings which take the whole period. Make sure you choose options that don't clash at the same time - you can solve this by making use of the repeats in the afternoon. 

Unless otherwise stated, there is a limit of 25 delegates for each option session, so it's best to book quickly to make sure you can get what you want.  There will be maps showing where to go for each option on registration on the day.

When you make your booking on the page here, you will be asked to enter the booking code numbers for the options you want, in order of preference (most wanted first), and it would be advisable to add a couple of spares in case options are already booked.  Make a note of the options you want before starting the booking!

Booking  Morning options available
code           
              EITHER 1 hour session taking the whole break-out period

AM1.       WLGF Member talks   Morning only
              •  Surrey’s wildlife highways  Dawn Fielding, Surrey Wildlife
              •  Creating a wildlife-friendly garden in a new housing estate  Jenny Griffiths
              •  Wildflower relationships with plant-feeding invertebrates   Gerald Dawe
              •  Waxcaps and whirligigs: encouraging wildlife in a Devon garden  Jonathan Elphick
              •  Bee Friendly: Making a difference together with Pollinator Promise
AM2.       Flowers and pollinating insects: a partnership  Marc Carlton,  The Pollinator Garden and Forum Trustee            

             OR two 25 minute sessions - choose one from each time slot below








Wildlife Gardeners Day  Saturday May 19th 2018

This is a joint venture by the Wildlife Gardening Forum and the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust
at the
London Wetland Centre  SW13 9WT

The day starts for delegates at 9.30 for coffee, and runs through to 4.30.  In addition there will be a Wildlife Gardening Fair open to all visitors to the Centre, with lots of stalls run by suppliers and conservation organisations, so even if you give the formal programme a miss there will be good reason to visit.  The London Wetland Centre is a wonderful place to visit, and we will have great facilities for our meeting.

We have a really strong programme for beginners and wildlife gardening experts alike, with well known keynote speakers and a large number of experts giving talks, walks and workshops on 14 different and important topics in two break-out sessions. We are restricted to 150 delegates, so please read down and book as quickly as possible, since this event will be a sell-out!

Programme:   You can download and print the full programme here - highlights are below

09.30    Coffee and tea for delegates

10.00     Introduction

10.05     What you do matters: A thousand ways to help wildlife in your
                garden   Adrian Thomas,  Author, Blogger and Forum Trustee

10.30     Growing the wildlife gardening revolution
             Professor Chris Baines, Author, Broadcaster and Forum Patron

11.00     Morning break-out session (see below for options)

12.15 –  Lunch break and time to visit the Fair and walk round the LWC
  2.00   

  2.00     Afternoon break out session (see below for options)

  3.10     The Bumblebee Flies Anyway: the garden I brought back to life
               from under a sea of decking
             Kate Bradbury, Author and Broadcaster

  3.35     Wildlife gardening and the London National Park City
             Peter Massini (Greater London Authority) and Paul de Zylva (London                National Park City Foundation)

  4.00    Round-up and discussion

  4.30    Finish (Stalls in the Fair open until 5.00)

Wildlife Gardener's Fair

The Fair is running all day and is open to all the visitors to the Wetland Centre as well as to the delegates.  It will take place with stalls in and around the courtyard, and there will be maps and signage.

So far we are expecting:

RosyBee Nursery
Saith Fynnon Wildlife Plants
Butterfly Conservation
Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Wildlife Gardening Forum (that's us!)
Wildfowl and Wetland Trust
In Focus (binoculars and telescopes)
Hazelwood Landscapes
British Trust for Ornithology
London Wildlife Trust
London Natural History Society
Natural History Museum, Garden Bioblitz
London Beekeepers Association
British Dragonfly Society
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust
Royal Horticultural Society
And we expect some more stalls to sign up in the next two weeks.

Booking to attend

The event costs £30, which includes refreshments on arrival.  There is an excellent restaurant at the Centre, and a barbecue will be operating, with vegetarian options. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch and picnic in the grounds. You will also be able to order a picnic lunch on arrival with choice of sandwich, crisps, drink, tray bake cake and a piece of fruit - with vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Book for the Wildlife Gardeners' Day HERE.
Make sure you have noted the codes for your break-out options first!
Time slot 1: 11.10 to 11.35
Time slot 2: 11.45 to 12.10
AM3.    Earthworms of Britain and their habitats  Anthony Roach,  Earthworm Watch available AM only
AM4.    Preventing garden wildlife disease  Kate
            Risely, BTO Garden BirdWatch Organiser
AM5.    Garden design for children & wildlife
            Sylvia Myers, London Wildlife Trust
AM6.    Dragonflies in the garden  Ruary MacKenzie
            Dodds  British Dragonfly Society
AM7.    Bumbleebees in the garden Dr Nikki Gammans,            Bumblebee Conservation Trust
AM8.    Creating ponds in your garden LWC Staff
AM9.    Butterflies in your garden Bill Downey,   
            Butterfly Conservation
AM10.  Hedgehogs in the garden Dr Nigel Reeve,
           Hedgehog expert
AM11.  Reptile/amphibia walk   LWC and Laurence
           Arnold
AM12.   Walk to view LWC flower meadows  LWC staff
Time slot 3: 2.00 - 2.25
Time slot 4: 2.35 - 3.00
PM14.  The exciting opportunities for gardeners as
              wildlife recorders Maria Longley, GIGL
            available PM only

PM4.    Preventing garden wildlife disease  Kate Risely,
            BTO Garden BirdWatch Organiser
PM5.    Garden design for children & wildlife
            Sylvia Myers, London Wildlife Trust
PM6.    Dragonflies in the garden  Ruary MacKenzie   
            Dodds  British Dragonfly Society
PM7.    Bumbleebees in the garden Dr Nikki Gammans,              Bumblebee Conservation Trust
PM8.    Creating ponds in your garden LWC Staff
PM9.    Butterflies in your garden Bill Downey, Butterfly
            Conservation
PM10.  Hedgehogs in the garden Dr Nigel Reeve,  
            Hedgehog expert
PM11.  Reptile/amphibia walk   LWC and Laurence   
           Arnold
PM12.   Walk to view LWC flower meadows  LWC staff
Booking  Afternoon options available
code           
             
              EITHER 1 hour session taking the whole break-out period
PM13.      Flower drawing workshop Judith Gordon, Watercolour artist limited to
              8 and available PM only
PM2.        Flowers and pollinating insects: a partnership  Marc Carlton,
              The Pollinator Garden Forum Trustee   
             
              OR two 25 minute sessions - choose one from each time slot below
Wildlife Gardener's Fair

The Fair is running all day and is open to all the visitors to the Wetland Centre as well as to the delegates.  It will take place with stalls in and around the courtyard, and there will be maps and signage.

So far we are expecting:

RosyBee Nursery
Saith Fynnon Wildlife Plants
Butterfly Conservation
Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Wildlife Gardening Forum (that's us!)
Wildfowl and Wetland Trust
In Focus (binoculars and telescopes)
Hazelwood Landscapes
British Trust for Ornithology
London Wildlife Trust
London Natural History Society
Natural History Museum, Garden Bioblitz
London Beekeepers Association
British Dragonfly Society
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust
Royal Horticultural Society
And we expect some more stalls to sign up in the next two weeks.

Booking to attend

The event costs £30, which includes refreshments on arrival.  There is an excellent restaurant at the Centre, and a barbecue will be operating, with vegetarian options. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch and picnic in the grounds. You will also be able to order a picnic lunch on arrival with choice of sandwich, crisps, drink, tray bake cake and a piece of fruit - with vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Book for the Wildlife Gardeners' Day HERE. Make sure you have noted the codes for your break-out options first!
Break-out options


There are 14 excellent options available during the breakout sessions, and most are repeated morning and afternoon.

The break-out sessions allow time to go to two 25 minute options, one after the other, unless you choose the 1 hour offerings which take the whole period. Make sure you choose options that don't clash at the same time - you can solve this by making use of the repeats in the afternoon. 

Unless otherwise stated, there is a limit of 25 delegates for each option session, so it's best to book quickly to make sure you can get what you want.  There will be maps showing where to go for each option on registration on the day.

When you make your booking on the page here, you will be asked to enter the booking code numbers for the options you want, in order of preference (most wanted first), and it would be advisable to add a couple of spares in case options are already booked.  Make a note of the options you want before starting the booking!

Booking Morning options available
code           
              EITHER 1 hour session taking the whole break-out period

AM1.       WLGF Member talks   Morning only
              •  Surrey’s wildlife highways  Dawn Fielding, Surrey Wildlife
              •  Creating a wildlife-friendly garden in a new housing estate  Jenny
                  Griffiths
              •  Wildflower relationships with plant-feeding invertebrates   Gerald Dawe
              •  Waxcaps and whirligigs: encouraging wildlife in a Devon garden 
                 Jonathan Elphick
              •  Bee Friendly: Making a difference together with Pollinator Promise
AM2.       Flowers and pollinating insects: a partnership  Marc Carlton,
                The Pollinator Garden and Forum Trustee            

             OR two 25 minute sessions - choose one from each time slot below








Time slot 1: 11.10 to 11.35
Time slot 2: 11.45 to 12.10
AM3.   Earthworms of Britain and
           their habitats  Anthony Roach, Earthworm Watch
          available AM only
AM4. Preventing garden wildlife
          disease  Kate Risely, BTO Garden 
        BirdWatch Organiser
AM5.  Garden design for children &
           wildlife  Sylvia Myers, London
          Wildlife Trust
AM6. Dragonflies in the garden  
         Ruary MacKenzie Dodds  British
         Dragonfly Society
AM7.  Bumbleebees in the garden            
         Dr Nikki Gammans,              
          Bumblebee Conservation Trust
AM8. Creating ponds in your garden    LWC Staff
AM9.  Butterflies in your garden
          Bill Downey,   
          Butterfly Conservation
AM10. Hedgehogs in the garden
          Dr Nigel Reeve,
          Hedgehog expert
AM11. Reptile/amphibia walk  
          LWC and Laurence Arnold
AM12. Walk to view LWC flower meadows  LWC staff
Booking  Afternoon options available
code           
             
              EITHER 1 hour session taking the whole break-out period
PM13.      Flower drawing workshop Judith Gordon, Watercolour artist limited to 8 and available PM only
PM2.        Flowers and pollinating insects: a partnership  Marc Carlton,  The Pollinator Garden Forum Trustee   
              OR two 25 minute sessions - choose one from each time slot below
Time slot 1: 11.10 to 11.35
Time slot 2: 11.45 to 12.10
AM3. Earthworms of Britain and
           their habitats  Anthony Roach,          Earthworm Watch
         available AM only
AM4. Preventing garden wildlife
          disease  Kate Risely, BTO Garden 
        BirdWatch Organiser
AM5. Garden design for children &
           wildlife  Sylvia Myers, London
         Wildlife Trust
AM6. Dragonflies in the garden  
         Ruary MacKenzie Dodds  British
         Dragonfly Society
AM7. Bumbleebees in the garden             Dr Nikki Gammans,              
         Bumblebee Conservation Trust
AM8. Creating ponds in your garden              LWC Staff
AM9. Garden for Butterflies
         Bill Downey,   
         Butterfly Conservation
AM10. Hedgehogs in the garden
          Dr Nigel Reeve,
          Hedgehog expert
AM11. Reptile/amphibia walk  
          LWC and Laurence Arnold
AM12. Walk to view LWC flower
             meadows  LWC staff
Break-out options


There are 14 excellent options available during the breakout sessions, and most are repeated morning and afternoon.

The break-out sessions allow time to go to two 25 minute options, one after the other, unless you choose the 1 hour offerings which take the whole period. Make sure you choose options that don't clash at the same time - you can solve this by making use of the repeats in the afternoon. 

Unless otherwise stated, there is a limit of 25 delegates for each option session, so it's best to book quickly to make sure you can get what you want.  There will be maps showing where to go for each option on registration on the day.

When you make your booking on the page here, you will be asked to enter the booking code numbers for the options you want, in order of preference (most wanted first), and it would be advisable to add a couple of spares in case options are already booked.  Make a note of the options you want before starting the booking!

Booking  Morning options available
code           
              EITHER 1 hour session taking the whole break-out period

AM1.       WLGF Member talks   Morning only
              •  Surrey’s wildlife highways  Dawn Fielding, Surrey Wildlife
              •  Creating a wildlife-friendly garden in a new housing estate  Jenny
                  Griffiths
              •  Wildflower relationships with plant-feeding invertebrates   Gerald Dawe
              •  Waxcaps and whirligigs: encouraging wildlife in a Devon garden 
                 Jonathan Elphick
              •  Bee Friendly: Making a difference together with Pollinator Promise
AM2.       Flowers and pollinating insects: a partnership  Marc Carlton,
               The Pollinator Garden and Forum Trustee            

             OR two 25 minute sessions - choose one from each time slot below








Time slot 3: 2.00 - 2.25
Time slot 4: 2.35 - 3.00
PM14.The exciting opportunities
           for gardeners as wildlife  
           recorders Maria Longley, GIGL
         available AM only
PM4. Preventing garden wildlife
          disease  Kate Risely, BTO Garden 
        BirdWatch Organiser
PM5. Garden design for children &
           wildlife  Sylvia Myers, London
         Wildlife Trust
PM6. Dragonflies in the garden  
         Ruary MacKenzie Dodds  British
         Dragonfly Society
PM7. Bumbleebees in the garden             Dr Nikki Gammans,              
         Bumblebee Conservation Trust
PM8. Creating ponds in your garden              LWC Staff
PM9. Garden for Butterflies
         Bill Downey,   
         Butterfly Conservation
PM10. Hedgehogs in the garden
          Dr Nigel Reeve,
          Hedgehog expert
PM11. Reptile/amphibia walk  
          LWC and Laurence Arnold
PM12. Walk to view LWC flower
             meadows  LWC staff