Our next meeting will be one of our popular science-update conferences, where we can hear directly from active researchers about new discoveries and current research in the understanding of garden wildlife.
 
Topics so far confirmed include:
 
Pussy Cats: How urbanisation influences their hunting area, and the consequences for conservation.
 
The Honey bee gut:  Several species of micro-organisms live in the guts of bees, and are as important in their nutrition as bacteria are in our guts.  New studies show that "bee-bread" (stored pollen) quality is affected by these gut bacteria, and this is turn can be related to environmental quality and plant species used.
 
Amphibia: Studies by Froglife within the Garden Wildlife Health Project have shed new light on the diseases affecting garden frogs and othe amphibians.
 
Hoverflies:  New DNA-based techniques are showing how hoverfly pollination networks can optimise use of resources by different species adopting different feeding strategies.  One of the first studies to look at hoverflies, which have been very neglected as pollinators.
 
Urban pollinators:  Using citizen science to monitor urban pollinator provision.
 
Urban pollinators:  New research shows the great potential for high-impact urban conservation by better management of opportunities for pollinators.
 
 
The Trinity Centre is a newly renovated converted church with excellent conference facilities.  It is walking distance from rail, bus and coach stations, and has its own parking for people arriving by car.
 
Booking for this event will start in August, for now please reserve the date in your diary!
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.
 
 
 
Forum Conference
New findings in Wildlife Gardening Science
Saturday September 29th 2018
 
At the Trinity Centre, Bristol BS2 0NW
 
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
Healthy gardens for people, plants and wildlife
 
Thursday 24 Oct 2019  ZSL Regents Park London
 
Planning for future conferences with Covid-19
This summer we have already had to cancel Wildlife Gardeners' Days at the London Wetland Centre, and at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, in common with all social events at present.
 
We were planning a science conference in November 2020, with an emphasis on sustainability, but it seems increasingly likely that such large gatherings will still be highly inadvisable then, so we have decided to postpone a face-to-face meeting until it is generally considered to be safe.
 
This is a matter of great regret, because our conferences have always been very enjoyable, and the chance to meet and network with other members has generally been the high point of the meetings.
 
Future webinar events
 
On the other hand, most of us are getting used to web-based contact through apps like Skype and Zoom, and we have been holding Trustee meetings this way with great success.  We propose to offer one or more video conferences - or "webinars" in the second half of this year.  These will be free to join, will probably last one hour, and will be fairly tightly themed.  The format is likely to be two formal presentations of 20 minutes, followed by a managed Q & A session in which all participants can contribute.  We hope to record these events and make them available on a YouTube channel.
 
We will let you know as soon as we have webinar events confirmed.
 
We would like to hear your thoughts and suggestions on topics and speakers you would like us to use on webinars.  Please contact us through our page here.
Planning for future conferences with Covid-19
This summer we have already had to cancel Wildlife Gardeners' Days at the London Wetland Centre, and at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, in common with all social events at present.
 
We were planning a science conference in November 2020, with an emphasis on sustainability, but it seems increasingly likely that such large gatherings will still be highly inadvisable then, so we have decided to postpone a face-to-face meeting until it is generally considered to be safe.
 
This is a matter of great regret, because our conferences have always been very enjoyable, and the chance to meet and network with other members has generally been the high point of the meetings.
 
Future webinar events
 
On the other hand, most of us are getting used to web-based contact through apps like Skype and Zoom, and we have been holding Trustee meetings this way with great success.  We propose to offer one or more video conferences - or "webinars" in the second half of this year.  These will be free to join, will probably last one hour, and will be fairly tightly themed.  The format is likely to be two formal presentations of 20 minutes, followed by a managed Q & A session in which all participants can contribute.  We hope to record these events and make them available on a YouTube channel.
 
We will let you know as soon as we have webinar events confirmed.
 
We would like to hear your thoughts and suggestions on topics and speakers you would like us to use on webinars.  Please contact us through our page here.