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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?

butterfly walk at knoll gardens july 2016
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.

Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) who organised the first wildlife survey at Knoll, four years ago and have supported the charity’s work ever since, with surveys, walks, talks and open days. DWT’s team of staff, volunteers and wildlife enthusiasts will be hoiping to record even more species than in 2016.
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.

Female Emperor Dragonfly lays her eggs in the Dragon Pond at Knoll Gardens
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


May 2017: Bugs and Buds toddler club gets kids into the garden

Aug 2016: Luxury accommodation for bees and bugs



To see past newsletters sent to our Friends and supporters, click on the links below:-

Autumn 2017
Summer 2017
Early summer 2017
Spring 2017
Spring 2016
Summer 2015
Spring 2014
Spring 2013
Summer 2012
Autumn 2011
Summer 2011
Winter 2010


Want to learn more about our approach to wildlife friendly gardening? Our volunteers are available in the gardens to answer questions and offer practical advice on most Friday mornings. Or why not take a butterfly walk, learn to weave a hedgerow basket, help to identify wildlife in the garden or learn about herbal medicine? We run a varied programme of events (many of them free) throughout the year. For a list of all current events please click here


May 2015            Foundation Friday; RSPB Guided Walk – The Voices of Spring

June 2015           Foundation Friday; We value our Volunteers                                                               Foundation Friday; Make Wildlife Welcome

July 2015            Foundation Friday; Guided Walk – Beautiful Butterflies

August 2015       The Great Heath Garden Wildlife Survey

October 2015      Foundation Friday; Wild about Gardens

November 2015  Foundation Friday; RSPB Guided Walk – The Garden in Winter


Articles to read

Read the editorial feature about the gardens and Foundation in The Gardening Times by clicking on the attached link:
The Gardening Times