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Gardening for Wildlife

At the show visitors had the oppurtunity to discover a world of wildlife on their doorstep with interactive exhibits from some of the UKs leading wildlife charities. They could learn how to make your garden habitat friendly whilst keeping up to date with the latest issues affecting our nation’s flora and fauna.

 

GFW1 - The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

The RSPB feature is a flower and plant filled celebration of the diversity of its nature reserves, from its wildest cliffs to its ancient woodlands, from heather-strewn heaths to its dedicated wildlife-rich gardens.  Come along and get a colourful glimpse of some of the 200 wonderful places you can visit around the country.  This is the RSPB’s boldest garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live yet, with lots of ideas you can take home to your own garden.  Plus spot the pond life in the tanks; find hidden creatures in among the habitats and snap a memento of your day at our cheeky garden photo boards.

Website: www.rspb.org.uk
Follow us on Twitter: @Natures_Voice and @RSPBMidlands

 

GFW2 -  Biological Records Centre

Learn about the amazing relationships between insect predators and pollinators in your garden. Activities include viewing mini-beasts under a high resolution microscope, using apps to identify and record garden wildlife and discovering which plants would encourage predators and pollinators in your area. Experts are on hand to answer your garden wildlife questions

Predators and pollinators are great for your garden. Tell us if you’ve seen any of these six insects, so that we can find out how widespread they are...

  • 7-spot ladybird
  • Tree bumblebee
  • Small tortoiseshell 
  • Magpie moth
  • Oak bush cricket
  • Marmalade hoverfly

Each one tells a story about the changing world around us. Your information will make a vital contribution to that story.

Try out and upload new apps for mobile phones that allow everyone to record information about wildlife in their gardens and the wider countryside.

Website: www.brc.ac.uk
Website: www.ceh.ac.uk
Follow us on Twitter: @CEHScienceNews

 

GFW3 - British Beekeepers Association (BBKA)

Come along to the BBKA stands (outside and in the main hall) and learn about the history of beekeeping through the ages right through to the present day with practical examples of the different ways man has worked with this vital pollinator.  You will be able to watch demonstrations of the craft of beekeeping and see live honey bees as well as learning about the ways you can support this remarkable pollinator. You might even be tempted to take up beekeeping yourself – let us tell you how! 

Website: www.bbka.org.uk
Follow us on Twitter: @britishbee

 

GFW4 - Wildlife Katewildlifekate

Build your own nest in a giant nest box, feed from a giant bird table or crawl into our mammal burrow… just a few of the exciting interactive learning spaces on WildlifeKate’s ‘watch-discover-learn’ stand, in association with Severn Trent ‘Water Champions’ Scheme; a long term social initiative that is designed to inform, engage and inspire water users of all ages to think, feel and act differently in how they use their water and waste. This exciting initiative will provide genuine commitment to community involvement and sustainability through working with Primary Schools across the region.

With a plethora of interactive displays, projects and information, ’watch-discover-learn’ is all about interacting with wildlife with WildlifeKate.  Discover exciting ways to attract and watch creatures in your own garden and how schools can create innovative, interactive spaces in school grounds to provide opportunities for learning.  From simple home-made bird feeders to nest box camera systems, trail cameras and waterholes, come and find out more about how to engage with the wildlife in your patch!

Kate has been very busy in the run up to this year’s show as one of our official @BBCGWLiveThriftyGardening ambassadors.

Website: www.wildlifekate.co.uk
Follow Kate on Twitter @katemacrae

 

GFW5 - The Conservation VolunteersTCV

Visit our stand and learn about the important work of the Conservation Volunteers and how you can get involved before making your very own insect house. Browse through the great range of products we have for sale, everything from seed potters to hand tools and our very own range of heritage seeds.
Got a question – then our staff and volunteers will be on hand to help in any way we can, we look forward to meeting you and explaining more about the great work we do to preserve our green spaces around the UK.

Website: www.tcv.org.uk
Follow us on Twitter @TCVBirmingham


 

GFW6 - The Wildlife TrustsTWT

At this year’s BBC Gardeners’ world Live, The Wildlife Trusts will be demonstrating how all gardens, whether big or small, have a valuable role to play in creating a healthy future for wildlife and people.  Visitors to the stand will have the chance to talk to some of our gardening experts who will be offering advice and helpful tips for creating a wildlife garden, and there will have plenty of fun activities for all the family!

Website: www.wildlifetrusts.org
Follow us on Twitter @wildlifetrusts

 

GFW7 - Bat Conservation Trustbatconservationtrust

The Bat Conservation Trust is the only national charity solely devoted to the conservation of bats and their habitats in the UK.  Come and see our stand and find out about how you can turn your back garden into a wildlife paradise for bats and what you can do to ensure these unique animals are around for generations to come.

Website: www.bats.org.uk
Follow us on Twitter @_BCT_

 

GFW8 - Stratford Butterfly Farmstratfordbutterfly

Stratford Butterfly Farm, the UKs largest tropical butterfly paradise since 1985.  Join us on our stand to learn how to attract butterflies and other wildlife to your garden.  Learn about what we do to help conserve these beautiful animals around the world.  Enjoy the elegant beauty of these stunning creatures with our live tropical butterfly display.

Website: www.butterflyfarm.co.uk
Follow us on Twitter @StratButterfly

 

The Bee Hive

Make sure to visit The Bee Hive outside where three more Gardening for Wildlife exhibitors all specialising in Bees are ready and waiting to educate you on this remarkable insect.

It is an area dedicated to promoting the conservation and protection of bees, enjoy the Bee Garden filled with pollinating and nectar rich plants, catch live beekeeping demonstrations and ask our top experts from the British Beekeepers Association, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Friends of the Earth what you can do to help protect these hugely important insects.

 

GFW10 - Friends of the Earthbee

Bee populations in the UK have been declining dramatically in recent years.  Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause aims to save the bees with a little help from you!  Find out why bees are so important and what you can do to help save them.  The stall will have fun activities, opportunities to show your support for the Bee Cause, as well as hints and tips and what you can do to help bees where you live!

Website: www.foe.co.uk
Follow us on Twitter @wwwfoecouk

 

GFW11 - Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Gentle, hardworking and vital to all of our futures, that just about sums up the bumblebee.  Without it our gardens would be less interesting and far less productive so it is critical that we do everything we can to help this friendly pollinator.  Come along to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust exhibit to find out how bee-friendly your garden is and what you can do to improve your Bee kind score.

Website: www.bumblebeeconservation.org
Follow us on Twitter @BumblebeeTrust

 

GFW12 and GFW13 British Beekeepers Association (BBKA)

Come along to the BBKA stands (outside and in the main hall) and learn about the history of beekeeping through the ages right through to the present day with practical examples of the different ways man has worked with this vital pollinator.  You will be able to watch demonstrations of the craft of beekeeping and see live honey bees as well as learning about the ways you can support this remarkable pollinator. You might even be tempted to take up beekeeping yourself – let us tell you how!

Website: www.bbka.org.uk
Follow us on Twitter: @britishbee