Create Animal Homes for your garden


Duration: 1 day

Price: £47

Run by: adult learning team
at Surrey Wildlife Trust

01372 379523

Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve
Mill Way
Leatherhead
Surrey
KT22 8QA

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About the Course

The best way to encourage insects, mammals and other wildlife into your garden is to build them a home. Spend a day with tutor Paul Ritchie of the Surrey Wildlife Trust, learning which structures are best for each species. Whether you wish to encourage birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles or insects he will provide guidance on the best solutions for you.

He will then assist you in making a bird house specific to the type of fowl you want to attract. This will be yours to take home. A template showing how to create similar structures for a variety of different birds will also be provided.

Then all you need to do is enjoy watching the new population of creatures pollinating and populating your garden.

Our educational nature reserve is located just off junction 9 of the 25. Therefore it is very accessible for those coming from London as well as the south east. However, once you arrive you will be immersed in nature. The modern classroom building is surrounded by 81 acres of ancient woodland.

Tutor details - Paul Ritchie

As a biologist with over 20 years of experience looking after nature reserves and commons Paul is well placed to teach courses in ecology, conservation and practical countryside skills. He had roles training employees and volunteers for the Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Corporation and Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Turning back the clock Paul started work as a farm labourer on a mixed arable and livestock farm in the Chiltern Hills. He went on to study zoology at the University of Nottingham with a focus on wood ants in Edale, African carnivores and tapeworms! In his spare time as a police officer Paul volunteered for local groups conserving canals and waterways.

After studying ecology and conservation at Birbeck College, University of London Paul moved onto a second 20-year career with City of London managing parks, gardens and open spaces. He helped establish a community woodland project at Ashtead Common NNR; trained and assessed apprentices; and worked closely with volunteer and community groups.

Paul recently retired from being the Community Learning Coordinator for Surrey Wildlife Trust. However, he continues to work with SWT to plan and deliver a wide range of scientific, practical skills and art courses for adults. Paul has complemented his prior experience as an associate lecturer for the University of Surrey by completing a PTLLS course at East Surrey College.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials and safety equipment will be provided.



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Course Start Dates

Tuesday 16th October 2018

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