2017 Knoll Gardens – Garden Birdwatch

Following our 2017 survey, the updated list of birds seen at Knoll between January 2013 and November 2017 is shown below:

Species list for records dated 1 Jan 2013 to 11 Nov 2017 for Knoll Gardens
Turdus merula Blackbird
Sylvia atricapilla Blackcap
Cyanistes caeruleus Blue Tit
Pyrrhula pyrrhula Bullfinch
Buteo buteo Buzzard
Corvus corone Carrion Crow
Fringilla coelebs Chaffinch
Phylloscopus collybita Chiffchaff
Periparus ater Coal Tit
Streptopelia decaocto Collared Dove
Scientific Name Common Name
Prunella modularis Dunnock
Regulus regulus Goldcrest
Carduelis carduelis Goldfinch
Dendrocopos major Great Spotted Woodpecker
Parus major Great Tit
Picus viridis Green Woodpecker
Carduelis chloris Greenfinch
Ardea cinerea Grey Heron
Passer domesticus House Sparrow
Corvus monedula Jackdaw
Garrulus glandarius Jay
Aegithalos caudatus Long-tailed Tit
Pica pica Magpie
Anas platyrhynchos Mallard
Turdus viscivorus Mistle Thrush
Gallinula chloropus Moorhen
Caprimulgus europaeus Nightjar
Sitta europaea Nuthatch
Turdus iliacus Redwing
Erithacus rubecula Robin
Turdus philomelos Song Thrush
Sturnus vulgaris Starling
Strix aluco Tawny Owl
Columba palumbus Woodpigeon
Troglodytes troglodytes Wren

2017 Annual Butterflies, Dragonflies and Damselflies Report

A cool start to spring meant that early-emerging species of butterflies and dragonflies were slow to appear. However, the weather then turned into a roller-coaster of mini heatwaves, followed by wind, rain and cold culminating with a rather disappointing summer.

(Keith Powrie, an expert in lepidopterology and odonatology, has undertaken regular surveys of Knoll Gardens on behalf of the Foundation since 2009.)


While the dismal summer brought very low numbers, higher counts early and late in the season lifted the final figures above the annual average. Best performers were the Speckled Wood, with at least one being seen every week, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown and Comma. The Silver-washed Fritillary made a welcome return while Orange Tips and Large Skippers did well.

Dragonflies / damselflies

The warmer spells in late spring meant that both dragonflies and damselflies appeared earlier than in 2016 and numbers exceeded last year’s count. Three uncommon species, not seen last year, made a welcome reappearance in the Gardens; Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo), Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) and Golden-ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii). The disappearance of the Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) this year meant that the total number of species in the garden was 15.

The full 2017 report (pdf) can be viewed here: Knoll report 2017

Join us for Wildlife Garden Survey August 2017

Take a walk on the wild side: Join us for our annual garden wildlife survey – Tuesday 8 August 2017

Every August the Knoll Gardens Foundation hosts a very special Garden Wildlife Survey. In 2016, sixty-one species were identified in a single day and this year, with the help of a team of experts and an army of volunteers, the garden charity’s trustees hope to find even more. Can you spare the time to help out?

The 2017 Garden Wildlife Survey runs from 10am – 3pm on Tuesday 8 August and everyone is welcome. It is suitable for all ages and for beginners as well as those with more knowledge. It is a wonderful opportunity to find out more about the creatures you may see in your own garden, re-engage with nature and just take some time out and enjoy some down time is Knoll’s glorious naturalistic environment. Our 2017 team of experts includes:

Keith Powrie, who has been recording butterfly, dragonfly and damselfly sightings as Knoll for many years. Keith will be leading two identification walks on 8 August, in the late morning and early afternoon.

Mark Spencer, President of Bournemouth Natural Science Society, who having been moth trapping the night before will be there with his finds for close examination and identification on the day.

Stuart Roberts, distinguished entomologist and chair of the UK Bee, Wasp and Ants Recording Society, who will be helping out Knoll’s new bumble bee surveyor. The RSPB, who will be continuing survey work already undertaken at Knoll earlier in the year surveying our birds, and helping to organise and identify the many other creatures that visit and make Knoll Gardens their home.

Tracy Standish, Knoll’s education volunteer, who not only can identify many of the
species in the garden – but can also make the humblest woodlouse a thing of joy to visiting children.

If you can make some time we’d love your help. You do not need to book, and the normal garden admission charge will be divided between all participating charities. Anyone already volunteering with RSPB, DWT, BNSS and BWARS and wanting to help out will be admitted free of charge Directions

Registration with Fundraising Regulator

The Knoll Gardens Foundation proudly works with the Fundraising Regulator, an independent body who set and maintain the standards for charitable fundraising in the UK.

The role of the Fundraising Regulator is as follows:

  • To set and promote the standards for fundraising practice (‘the code’ and associated rulebooks) in consultation with the public, fundraising stakeholders and legislators.
  • To investigate cases where fundraising practices have led to significant public concern.
  • To adjudicate complaints from the public about fundraising practice, where these cannot be resolved by the charities themselves.
  • To operate a fundraising preference service to enable individuals to manage their contact with charities.
  • Where poor fundraising practice is judged to have taken place, recommend best practice guidance and take proportionate remedial action.

You can find out more about the Regulator on the Fundraising Regulator website.

If you would like to contact us regarding any aspect of fundraising;  call, email or write to us at the addresses provided on our website.

Bugs & Buds toddler club gets kids into the garden

Bugs and Buds toddler club gets kids into the garden Bugs and Buds is a monthly garden club for tots launching at Knoll in May 2017. The club aims to inspire a love of nature from an early age with tots enjoying planting, nest building and bug hunting as well as activities specific to the changing seasons at Knoll.

Knoll’s glorious ornamental grasses provide wonderful habitats for wildlife as well as texture, sound and movement. Many of the deciduous grasses also grow from ground level to over five feet high in one season creating a constantly changing environment for youngsters to explore, whilst other things to discover include rare trees and shrubs, ponds, bird feeders, a bee hotel, and the garden’s very own dragon.

Bugs  and  Buds  is  part  of  a  programme  of   activities  being  run  by  the  Knoll  Gardens   Foundation  to  encourage  sustainable,   wildlife-­‐friendly  gardening  based  on  the   methods  used  in  the  garden  at  Knoll.  Led   by  The  Foundation’s  Education  Officer,   Tracy  Standish,  activities  will  be  season   and  weather-­‐dependent  but  can  include   story  walks,  making  bug  houses,  digging   and  planting,  seed  hunting,  outdoor  art,   making  bird  feeders,  nest  spotting,   garden  games  and  pond  dipping.

Bugs and Buds runs from 10.30am – 12 noon on the last Saturday of each month, starting on 27 May, and costs £4.50 per child. It is aimed at tots ages 2 – 4 and their parent/carer. Places are limited. To book please call Knoll Gardens on 01202 873931 or email education@knollgardens.co.uk.