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Garden Insects and their Habitats Webinar

Garden Insects and their Habitats Webinar

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Garden Insects and their Habitats with Gail Ashton

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The garden is an extension of the home; a private outdoor space upon which the homeowner can proudly make their own mark and shape to their own eclectic tastes, which can range from unmanaged wilderness to plastic playroom. But it’s easy to forget that our homes were once a very different type of home, to a myriad of species that were displaced upon our settlement.

UK gardens cover an area at least equal to that of our National Parks, and are increasingly being recognised for their potential biodiversity value. There are over 24,000 known species of insect in the UK and Ireland, and you’d be amazed at how many of them will visit, live in, and even reproduce, in your gardens, courtyards and even balconies, if the conditions are right. Learning to re-share our spaces with wildlife by creating habitats is not only good for biodiversity, but also for our own health and wellbeing.

This webinar will show you the extraordinary breadth of wildlife on your doorstep, how to create favourable conditions for many different insects, how climate change is driving distribution changes and why patience is the key to a truly wildlife-friendly outdoor home-space.

Our speaker: Gail Ashton is a wildlife photographer, writer and illustrator with a specific interest in UK insects and other invertebrates. She is a member of the Herts Invertebrate Project, the Royal Entomological Society and the Amateur Entomological Society. Her work has been published in books and magazines. In 2018 she completed ‘500 Species’ a year-long project to photograph and identify five hundred species of invertebrate throughout the United Kingdom. May 2022 sees the publication of her book, co-authored with renowned natural history author Dominic Couzens. ‘An Identification Guide to the Garden Insects of Britain and North-west Europe’ gives comprehensive accounts and detailed photographs of some of our most incredible insects.

The presentation will be followed by an interactive question and answer session.

Please book your space via Eventbrite and you will be sent information on how to join the webinar.

This session will run on Zoom. If you are new to Zoom you will need to create a Zoom account and download their software. This is all free and you can do so here.

You can use a laptop/desktop computer, smartphone or tablet and it isn’t necessary to have a webcam or microphone to participate.

Further info on how to join a zoom meeting can be found here.

Image (c) Gail Ashton

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