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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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
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.

The programme (subject to minor changes) is:

10.00 Registration and coffee

10.20 Welcome and introduction

10.25        Dr Katherine Baldock   Biological Sciences, University of Bristol
               The city as a refuge for insect pollinators

10.55        Beth Roberts  PHD Researcher at University of Exeter
               Cornish bumblebees in Cornish gardens:  Detecting bumblebee nests,
               and researching bumble ecology

11.25        Coffee

11.45       Dr Linda Birkin  Bees ‘n Beans project Sussex University
               Doing it from home - citizen science in the garden."

12.15       Lucy Witter.  Lucy Witter PhD researcher at the National Botanic
              Garden of Wales.
              Science in the Garden; saving pollinators at the National Botanic Garden
              of Wales.

12.45       Lunch

  1.45       Professor Mark Fellowes University of Reading
               Cat, red-handed: roaming and predation behaviour of the domestic cat

2.15        Dr Philip Donkersley  Lancaster University 
               Metagenomic survey of honey bee food stores: key players in bee bread

2.45        Dr Laurence Jarvis Science and Research Manager Froglife.
              New findings on disease in garden amphibians

3.15        Claire Boothby or another   BTO Garden BirdWatch
               Long term effect of bird feeding on communities

3.45        Discussion led by Wildlife Gardening Forum Board members
              Looking ahead:  the next 5 years for the Wildlife Gardening Forum

4.10       Finish 


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.  The conference registration fee is £30 which includes coffee and a sandwich, roll and wrap lunch with fruit and crisps.

BOOK NOW for this conference

Download the programme here.
Forum Conference
New findings in Wildlife Gardening Science
Saturday September 29th 2018

At the Trinity Centre, Bristol BS2 0NW

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.

The programme (subject to minor changes) is:

10.00     Registration and coffee

10.20     Welcome and introduction

10.25     Dr Katherine Baldock   Biological Sciences, University of Bristol
             The city as a refuge for insect pollinators

10.55     Beth Roberts  PHD Researcher at University of Exeter
             Cornish bumblebees in Cornish gardens:  Detecting bumblebee nests, and researching bumble ecology

11.25    Coffee

11.45     Dr Linda Birkin  Bees ‘n Beans project Sussex University
             Doing it from home - citizen science in the garden."

12.15     Lucy Witter.  Lucy Witter PhD researcher at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.
             Science in the Garden; saving pollinators at the National Botanic Garden of Wales..

12.45     Lunch

  1.45     Professor Mark Fellowes University of Reading
             Cat, red-handed: roaming and predation behaviour of the domestic cat

2.15       Dr Philip Donkersley  Lancaster University 
             Metagenomic survey of honey bee food stores: key players in bee bread

2.45       Dr Laurence Jarvis Science and Research Manager, Froglife.
             New findings on disease in garden amphibians

3.15      Claire Boothby BTO Garden BirdWatch
             Long term effect of bird feeding on communities

3.45      Discussion led by Wildlife Gardening Forum Board members
            Looking ahead:  the next 5 years for the Wildlife Gardening Forum

4.10      Finish 


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.  The conference registration fee is £30 which includes coffee and a sandwich, roll and wrap lunch with fruit and crisps.

BOOK NOW for this conference


Download the programme here.


Forum Conference
New findings in Wildlife Gardening Science
Saturday September 29th 2018  
   
At the Trinity Centre, Bristol BS2 0NW