Wildlife gardening for beginners

Wildlife gardening for beginners


If you would like to attract bees and butterflies or simply love the diverse appearance of a wildlife garden, it is vital to understand how to create this space. Join Paul Ritchie for a day of education and practical work. He will discuss the principles of wildlife gardening and why it is so important for all of us to consider developing an area, big or small, to encourage native flora and fauna.

Paul is an active participant in the Surrey Wildlife Gardening programme and has won awards for his own garden. He is therefore the perfect tutor to discuss the principles of wildlife gardening. It is also vital to understand how to assess an existing garden, which he will describe using those at the Bay Pond Educational Nature Reserve.

After lunch you discuss how to plan your own garden to achieve your personal botanical goals.

To finish off the day, you will build a pre-cut bird box to take home and cherish in your newly designed wildlife garden.

Tutor 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. He helped establish a community woodland project at Ashtead Common NNR; trained and assessed apprentices; and worked closely with volunteer and community groups.

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Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

You will build a pre-cut bird box to take home and cherish in your newly designed wildlife garden.


Adult learning team at Surrey Wildlife Trust
Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve
Mill Way
KT22 8QA

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners

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