The wide variety of creatures living in domestic gardens is the subject of the Knoll Gardens Annual Garden Wildlif Survey.

Led by experts from the Dorset Wildlife Trust, a special day is chosen every year to create a vital snapshot of the wildlife activity in Knoll Gardens. The survey gives an important year-on-year record, and everyone can get involved – beginners and experts.

Learning more about the relationship between Knoll’s flora and fauna is a key part of the work of the Knoll Gardens Foundation, the garden-based charity set up to understand the ecology of the garden and encourage others to adopt techniques that benefit the gardener and garden wildlife. The Foundation also organises regular surveys of its populations of birds, butterflies, moths, bees, dragonflies, reptiles, mammals and bats.

Scarce Chaser Dragonfly (female) credit to Keith Powrie

Nicky Hoar, Community and Campaigns Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust said: “The wildlife survey at Knoll Gardens provides valuable information about garden wildlife and how best to conserve it.  Insects, including many important pollinators, are in worrying decline which is why DWT’s ‘Get Dorset Buzzing’ campaign is encouraging people to join the fight to reverse this trend in our gardens this summer.“

This year’s Annual Garden Wildlife Survey at Knoll Gardens is on Tuesday, August, 6 from 10am to 3pm.

Knoll Gardens is just outside Wimborne and clearly signposted from all major routes, normal garden admission costs apply, no need to book, and £5 of each garden admission ticket is donated to the Knoll Gardens Foundation.

More information: www.knollgardensfoundation.org or call Knoll Gardens on 01202 873931.

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