Course Profile: Wildlife Gardening

Borders UK’s wildlife gardening course is designed as a short but comprehensive introduction to wildlife gardening, and explores subjects ranging from designing a wildlife garden to choosing the right plants and creating wildlife habitats. The course is distance learning, so you can work through the study material in the comfort of your own home at your own pace. You are assigned a personal tutor who will work with you throughout the course and who you can contact at any time if you have any questions or there is anything you are not sure about.

Despite growing awareness of the need to protect and support our wildlife, we are still losing natural habitats at an alarming rate to housing developments and agriculture. Gardens can be a critical refuge for our native wildlife, with even a tiny garden offering a welcome safe haven to a range of small mammals, birds and insects.

Wildlife gardens can range in size from a windoxbox designed to provide food for bees, butterflies and caterpillars to a full-sized garden offering a range of wildlife habitats, homes and food sources, including a pond or water feature, log pile, nest boxes, and plants chosen to provide wildlife food throughout the seasons. People sometimes assume that wildlife gardens must be untidy and overgrown to be effective, but this is certainly not the case. A wildlife garden can be as attractive as human visitors as it is to birds, insects and mammals, providing a wonderful, peaceful retreat, as well as an amazing learning experience for adults and children alike.

To learn more about creating your own wildlife garden please see our full course outline.