wildlife gardening

Wildlife Gardening for Beginners

Location: Bay Pond Educational Reserve, Godstone High Street, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DT
Before you start digging, find out how to plan and create the perfect wildlife garden.

Event details


10:00am - 3:00pm
A static map of Wildlife Gardening for Beginners

About the event

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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members £35, non-members £47

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What to bring

Please bring a packed lunch and wear sturdy walking boots or wellies.

Parking information

free parking is available.


Picnic area
Accessible toilet

Contact us

Adult Learning Team
Contact number: 01372379523