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