Community Learning: Nature Friendly Gardens

Course overview

Gardens are 5% of the UK land surface, yet it is widely reported that many animals are declining due to habitat loss.

Managing your garden in a wildlife friendly way can encourage a variety of species to forge a home. This provides opportunities to watch wildlife from your own window.

This course runs once a week over three weeks and covers; Encouraging Birds into your Gardens; Encouraging Insects into your Garden and Planting for Wildlife.

This is one of our Community Learning courses.

Our Community Learning programme offers a series of FREE courses to develop skills, knowledge, confidence and improve mental well-being for adults aged 19 and over.

You are eligible for these funded places if you are aged 19 or over (at the start of the course) and either have:

  • a mental health condition or difficulty
  • are employed and earning an annual salary of less than £18,525 per annum
  • in receipt of state benefit in your own name and unemployed or working and earning less than £338 per month (or £541 for household claims)
  • are a single parent
  • have a social or emotional difficulty.

For further details and terms and conditions please view our CommunityWellbeing page.

Encouraging Birds into your Gardens:

Firstly, in this course we will look at how you can maintain your garden for a range of bird species. This will include learning:

  • how to provide food for birds at key times of the year
  • what to plant in your garden with birds in mind
  • ways to identify of common garden birds
  • the types of nest boxes to provide habitats

Encouraging Insects into your Garden:

Secondly, insects like bees and butterflies are indicators of the health of our environment. This course also involves managing gardens to be`insect havens’ through learning:

  • the life cycles of insects and other invertebrates
  • how to identify common garden invertebrates
  • ways to record garden insects
  • practical activities to improve your garden for insects

Planting for Wildlife:

Finally, we will look at plants you can grow for an attractive garden by gaining knowledge on:

  • key plant terminology
  • the range of animal niches that plants provide in the garden
  • how you can create structures which benefits wildlife
  • a range of native and non-native species through practical activities
  • By connecting with like-minded individuals.
  • Through practical skills for a greater understanding of natural wildlife.
  • Ultimately, through the positive experience of being outdoors, you can harness knowledge of the wilderness to take home with you.
  • A natural curiosity and a desire to learn.
  • A willingness to get close to the natural world.
  • Pens and paper to take notes.
  • Old clothes and sturdy footwear.
  • Wet weather clothing in case of rain.
  • Sun cream and hat in case the weather is hot.

On successful completion of this course, you can go on to achieve qualifications in:

  • Conservation of British Habitats
  • Practical Habitat Management course
  • Level 3 Diploma in Wildlife and Conservation
  • other courses in the Nature Friendly Gardens series

Please search the website for further details.

Please note: There are no catering facilities open on a Saturday at the College. Please feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks.

Course Starts in 143 Days
  • 25 February 2023 - 11 March 2023
  • 09:00 - 13:00
  • Saturday
  • 3 Weeks
    • 16-18: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

    • Adult: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

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