How to attract garden wildlife

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Caring about nature, we would all like our gardens to be a safe haven for wildlife.

Whether you have a huge garden, a tiny terrace, or simply some window boxes, we can all do our bit to encourage and support wildlife on our own patch.

For those born with green fingers, gardening seems to come naturally, but for those of us with less natural inclination, or perhaps just an interest in creating something different, some guidance from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust on wildlife gardening could be your starting point.

In 2015, the Trust is starting a series of monthly wildlife gardening workshops to be held at their two centres: The Whistlestop Centre in Matlock Bath and The Wildlife Discovery room at Carsington Water.

The workshops can be attended as individual sessions, but the Trust is hoping to establish a club for adults interested in making their own space wildlife friendly.

Meeting on the last Friday of every month (10.30am-2pm), the groups will work on a theme such as willow features or making bug hotels and will be tailored so that no matter what the size of your green space you will be able to use your own new skills and knowledge to enhance it.

The first session will take place on January 30 from 10.30am until 2.30pm at Carsington Water, and we will be looking at making our spaces a great place for birds to dine.

We will be making bird tables, recycled bird feeders and coming up with a few simple projects you can do at home!

The charge for the workshops is £10 for one session or £20 for three months when paying in advance.

Booking is essential. Visit or call 01773 881188 to book.