Our gardens are a potential haven for a diversity of wildlife species including hedgehogs, butterflies, bees, and birds. When combined together they can provide habitat for a staggering diversity of species if they are managed in a wildlife friendly manner. One dedicated garden owner recorded almost 2700 species in her suburban Leicester garden over a 30 year period. Beyond the more conspicuous common garden visitors such as birds and butterflies, many of us don’t know where to start in terms of recording the more elusive inhabitants such as bats, hedgehogs, moths and other invertebrates. As the countryside becomes less and less wildlife friendly, there is a growing interest in the scientific and conservation communities to understand which species are using urban and suburban gardens. We can all contribute to this understanding by recording the wildlife in our own backyards. You may be surprised at what you find!
The first session will be in the evening of Thursday 9 June from 4pm-10pm and the second session will be early the following morning on Friday 10 June at 7am until 10am
Originally trained as a terrestrial ecologist in South Africa, Chantal has been surveying wildlife of all types for over 20 years. Over the last decade she has co-ordinated multiple projects recording mammals, including bats, amphibians, reptiles, birds and moths in the UK, and is part of a team verifying Hertfordshire mammal records submitted to iRecord (a database managing wildlife records for use in conservation and planning). She is currently the Chair of the Herts and Middlesex Bat Group and a Trustee of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society co-ordinating their Mammal, Amphibian and Reptile Atlas project. She works at the Botanic Garden as our HE and Research Impact Coordinator.
Face coverings are required whilst in the Classroom, and all indoor facilities at the Garden, unless you are exempt.
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