Kingston University Biodiversity Action Group

17-06-2017: Open Garden Square Weekend and upcoming events.

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Volunteers ready to greet guests during out first time participating in the Open Garden Squares Weekend.

We had a great time last Saturday at Dorich House Museum, Kingston Hill and Knights Park, as the University sites and our neighbor the Hogsmill Community Garden were the first sites in Kingston to take part in the newly expanded Open Garden Squares Weekend.
Pollinator project working well at Kingston Hill
The weather was hot, and the flowers and pollinators were out in force.

We received some lovely feedback about our gardens and especially the Hogsmill Community Garden which was the secret garden in our set.

From the visitors feedback, it would have easily won best in show for the best showing of flowers across our collective sites. This amazing community garden works hard to create a beautiful garden which supports butterflies and bees.

They always need more regular volunteers to help them. If you have ever wanted to learn more about gardening and would like to learn from passionate gardeners with more experience, this is the group for you.

Click on this link to go to their Facebook page to find out how you can get involved with this inspiring group and learn how to create gardens like they do during their weekly volunteering sessions.

Events Alert!!!

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During the Open Gardens event, we saw lots of  damselflies out in force around the pond at Kingston Hill - identity unknown. If you've ever wanted to learn how to identity dragonflies and damselflies, why not join us on two upcoming events.

The first one is an afternoon of free wildlife walks around Tolworth on Saturday 1st July.
See the poster below for details:
This event includes the second ever Kingston Apple Trail Walk which you can sign up to via Facebook: click here for the event listing on Facebook.

On the 8th of July the University is hosting a Dragonfly training event run by the London Wildlife Trust (LWT)

The course aims to teach new teams of surveyors to identify and record Dragonflies and Damselflies to help update a London species atlas.

The training is free, all they are asking is for are possible volunteers to commit to monthly surveys. These often take between 11;00 and 15:00 and take place across weekends and workdays.

Find out more about the training during the event on the 1st of July, or sign up directly if you would like to survey the Kingston sites. Sign up by emailing LWT and let them know that you want to get booked onto the Dragonfly training at Kingston University on the 8th. More details about the event can be found here: Link to LWT training advert.

I hope to see you at some of the upcoming events, if the weather remains warm we should be on track to see lots of wildlife during our walks.

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