Community Learning – Nature Friendly Gardens
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, government-funded courses to develop skills, knowledge, confidence and improve mental well-being for adults.
Participation can help those managing mental health conditions that have a mild-moderate impact on their day-to-day lives. You need to be aged 19 or over (at the start of the course) AND:
•employed and earning an annual salary of less than £20,319 or
•unemployed, in receipt of state benefit and looking for work
•have a social or emotional difficulty, or challenges with mental health or emotional wellbeing
For further details and terms and conditions please view our Community Wellbeing 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.