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!
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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.



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
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Wildlife Gardener's Day
Saturday May 18th 2019  
   
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
Wildlife Gardener's Day  Saturday May 18th 2019  
   
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

We are holding our second Wildlife Gardener's Day at the beautiful London Wetland Centre (LWC) on Saturday 18th May, in partnership with the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust .  It will be a packed event, with inspiring plenary talks, and a great choice of workshops and breakout sessions covering many aspects of wildlife gardening. There will be stalls outside where you can get advice from experts from conservation organisations, and buy books and equipment.

The charge for the whole day event is only £25, which includes entry to all of the London Wetland Centre.  It includes refreshments on arrival, but does not include lunch.  There are several places to eat at the LWC, and you are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch.


The Programme is below, and you can download a copy here.  To book your attendance, first choose the break-out events (morning and afternoon) you wish to attend, note down their booking codes,  then go to the registration page here, fill in your details, and write the booking codes into the box supplied.  In case they are fully booked, add a second choice for both morning and afternoon.


PROGRAMME  (subject to minor changes)

  9.45            Coffee and tea for delegates

10.15             Welcome  Martin Spray CBE
                    CEO Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Chair Wildlife and Countryside Link

10.30-11.30   Morning break-out session

Choose one workshop/walk and a second choice and note the booking codes
Activity
  Presenters
Code
Flowers and pollinating insects:
a partnership
Marc Carlton and Dr David Perkins
Wildlife Gardening Forum Trustees
AM1
Bumblebees in the garden
Dr Nikki Gammans
Bumblebee Conservation Trust
AM2
Wildlife recording in the garden
Joe Beale and Maria Longley
NHM Garden  & Greenspace
Information for Greater London
AM4
Invertebrates in the garden: a 
hidden wealth  of biodiversity
Dr Duncan Sivell
Natural History Museum
AM5
Container Gardening for Wildlife
Paul Richens
Blue Dome Synergies
AM8
Flower-rich meadows walk

Dr Richard Bullock
London Wetland Centre
AM11
  Creating and managing ponds
John Arbon
London Wetland Centre
AM12
Amphibian and reptile habitat walk
Nick Oliver
London Wetland Centre
AM13
Activity
  Presenters
Code
Dig and they will come!
Fiona McKenna,
British Dragonfly Society
PM3
Earthworms in your garden 
Anthony Roach
Earthworm Society of Britain
PM6
Organic Gardening for Wildlife
Judith Conroy
Wildlife Gardening Forum Trustee
PM9
Wildlife Gardening Myths,
Realities and Concerns
Dr Steve Head
Wildlife Gardening Forum
PM10
Flower-rich meadows walk

Dr Richard Bullock
London Wetland Centre
PM11
Creating and managing ponds
John Arbon
London Wetland Centre
PM12
Hedgehogs in the garden
Dr Nigel Reeve
Independent Ecologist and Artist
PM14

11.40-12.00 “Wildlife Gardening's Big Questions”
                    Dr Ken Thompson Garden ecologist, author and Forum Trustee

12.00–12.20  “Climate change and British Wildlife”
                    Professor Trevor Beebee School of Life Sciences University of Sussex Author, and Trustee of
                    Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.

12.20–2.00    Lunch break and time to visit the Fair and walk round the LWC



2.00- 3.00     Afternoon break out session

Choose one workshop/walk and a second choice and note the booking codes


3.15–4.30 Wildlife Gardener’s Question Time
Your chance to question our expert team of speakers and workshop leaders about all aspects of wildlife gardening – and suggest ways in which the Wildlife Gardening Forum could take a leading role.

4.30             END


To book your attendance, first choose the break-out events (morning and afternoon) you wish to attend, note down their booking codes,  then go to the registration page here, fill in your details, and write the booking codes into the box supplied.  In case they are fully booked, add a second choice for both morning and afternoon.


Stalls outside in the LWC grounds include:

Bumblebee Conservation           Wildlife Gardening Forum            Natural History Museum Garden Bioblitz
Friends of Barnes Common        Wildlife & Countryside Services    Nurturing Nature
RSPB                                      Swift Conservation                     Peoples Trust for Endangered Species
NHBS                                     Roots and Shoots London            South London Botanical Institute 

Last year's event was a huge success - even though the Royal Family managed to double-book themselves with a Wedding in Windsor (not anticipated this year). 

Comments from delegates last time included:

"Beautiful venue, great mix of talks, practical advice, walks and stands. I really enjoyed the day"

"Really enjoyable day with knowledgeable speakers. Wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues"

"Well done, excellent event, thanks for organising it!"

"Very good value for money, a really enjoyable and useful day - Thank you!"

"A brilliant day. Thank you. I look forward to the next one."

We are holding our second Wildlife Gardener's Day at the beautiful London Wetland Centre (LWC) on Saturday 18th May, in partnership with the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust .  It will be a packed event, with inspiring plenary talks, and a great choice of workshops and breakout sessions covering many aspects of wildlife gardening. There will be stalls outside where you can get advice from experts from conservation organisations, and buy books and equipment.

The charge for the whole day event is only £25, which includes entry to all of the London Wetland Centre.  It includes refreshments on arrival, but does not include lunch.  There are several places to eat at the LWC, and you are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch.


The Programme is below and you can download a copy here  To book your attendance, first choose the break-out events (morning and afternoon) you wish to attend, note down their booking codes,  then go to the registration page here, fill in your details, and write the booking codes into the box supplied.  In case they are fully booked, add a second choice for both morning and afternoon.


PROGRAMME  (subject to minor changes)

  9.45            Coffee and tea for delegates

10.15               Welcome  Martin Spray CBE
                    CEO Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Chair Wildlife and Countryside Link

10.30-11.30 Morning break-out session

Choose one workshop/walk and a second choice and note the booking codes
11.40-12.00 “Wildlife Gardening's Big Questions”
                   Dr Ken Thompson Garden ecologist, author and Forum Trustee

12.00–12.20  “Climate change and British Wildlife”
                   Professor Trevor Beebee School of Life Sciences University of
                   Sussex Author, and Trustee of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.

12.20–2.00    Lunch break and time to visit the Fair and walk round the LWC



2.00- 3.00     Afternoon break out session

Choose one workshop/walk and a second choice and note the booking codes


3.15–4.30 Wildlife Gardener’s Question Time
Your chance to question our expert team of speakers and workshop leaders about all aspects of wildlife gardening – and suggest ways in which the Wildlife Gardening Forum could take a leading role.

4.30             END


To book your attendance, first choose the break-out events (morning and afternoon) you wish to attend, note down their booking codes,  then go to the registration page here, fill in your details, and write the booking codes into the box supplied.  In case they are fully booked, add a second choice for both morning and afternoon.


Stalls outside in the LWC grounds include:

Bumblebee Conservation                          Wildlife Gardening Forum           
Natural History Museum Garden Bioblitz       Friends of Barnes Common               Wildlife & Countryside Services                  Nurturing Nature
RSPB                                                    Swift Conservation              
Peoples Trust for Endangered Species        NHBS                                      
Roots and Shoots London                        South London Botanical Institute 

Last year's event was a huge success - even though the Royal Family managed to double-book themselves with a Wedding in Windsor (not anticipated this year). 

Comments from delegates last time included:

"Beautiful venue, great mix of talks, practical advice, walks and stands. I really enjoyed the day"

"Really enjoyable day with knowledgeable speakers. Wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues"

"Well done, excellent event, thanks for organising it!"

"Very good value for money, a really enjoyable and useful day - Thank you!"

"A brilliant day. Thank you. I look forward to the next one."

Activity
  Presenters
Code
Flowers and pollinating 
insects: a partnership
Marc Carlton and Dr David
Perkins  Wildlife Gardening
Forum Trustees
AM1
Bumblebees in the garden
Dr Nikki Gammans
Bumblebee Conservation
Trust
AM2
Wildlife recording in the
garden
Joe Beale and Maria 
Longley NHM Garden &
Greenspace Information for  Greater London
AM4
Invertebrates in the
garden: a hidden wealth 
of biodiversity
Dr Duncan Sivell
Natural History Museum
AM5
Container Gardening for
Wildlife
Paul Richens
Blue Dome Synergies
AM8
Flower-rich meadows walk

Dr Richard Bullock
London Wetland Centre
AM11
Creating and managing
ponds
John Arbon
London Wetland Centre
AM12
Amphibian and reptile
habitat walk
Nick Oliver
London Wetland Centre
AM13
Activity
  Presenters
Code
Dig and they will come!
Fiona McKenna
British Dragonfly Society
PM3
Earthworms in your garden 
Anthony Roach
Earthworm Society of
Britain
PM6
Organic Gardening for
Wildlife
Judith Conroy  Wildlife
Gardening Forum Trustee
PM9
Wildlife Gardening Myths,
Realities and Concerns
Dr Steve Head
Wildlife Gardening Forum
PM10
Flower-rich meadows walk

Dr Richard Bullock
London Wetland Centre
PM11
Creating and managing
ponds
John Arbon
London Wetland Centre
PM12
Hedgehogs in the garden
Dr Nigel Reeve
Independent Ecologist and
Artist
PM14