Spring workshops, events & courses at Wildwood, Kent
Sign up now for our exciting programme of spring courses and workshops, from harvest mouse hunts to willow crafts and beekeeping
Saturday 5th March Introduction to Willow Crafts
Explore the world of willow crafts in our one-day introductory course. Make small willow structures such as colourful trays and plant supports using locally grown willow. Find out how to grow your own willow and how to prepare and store your willow rods. All materials are included, plus take home a few cuttings to plant in your garden.
Saturday 5th March 10.00am – 4.00pm £40 per person
Wildwood is looking for an army of volunteers to help us in our search for harvest mice in Kent. Join us for a fun family day to help look for harvest mice and map their whereabouts in the Herne Bay/Whistable area. Plus as a special thank-you for your help we are offering a free Wildwood entry ticket for every volunteer.
- Help to search for harvest mice in your local area. - Meet a tiny harvest mouse, Britain’s smallest rodent. - See examples of harvest mouse nests. - Learn all about the lives of harvest mice. - Discover the natural history of the local area.
Volunteers will be asked to take a stroll through the local area to look out for signs of harvest mice and to record their findings. The results will go towards the Kent Harvest Mouse Survey; Wildwood’s ambitious conservation project which aims to establish the status of this elusive creature throughout Kent.
Sunday 6th March 10.30am – 12.30pm (approx. finish time) Meet near the Tankerton Skate Park on Marine Parade (Swalecliffe end) Free event – everybody welcome!
No need to book, just come along. Free Wildwood entry ticket for each participant. Please wear suitable clothing for walking in long grass (which may be damp) and bring a walking stick (if possible) to help you search. For more info please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 6th March Introduction to Amphibian Ecology & Surveying
In partnership with Kent Reptile & Amphibian Group (KRAG)
An introduction to native British amphibians covering the indentification of Kent's frogs, toads and newts as well as their basic ecology. We will look at what makes a good amphibian pond as well as the different techniques that can be used to survey for amphibians. The day will conclude with a torchlight survey of a nearby amphibian population.
Learn how to identify mammal skulls from their shape and teeth. See examples from Wildwood's own natural history collection and discover what skulls can tell us about their former owner's age, gender and cause of death. Plus, learn how to start your own reference collection.
Saturday 12th March 10.30am – 4.00pm £30 per person
Find out why owls produce pellets and how to collect them. Practice dissecting pellets and learn how to identify small mammal remains from skeletal fragments. Plus visit some of the small mammals at Wildwood to see living examples of the species you have identified.
Saturday 19th March 10.30am – 3.45pm Cost: From £57 per person
Please book directly with the Mammal Society on 023 8001 0984 or at www.mammal.org.uk
Saturday 16th April - Saturday 4th June Introduction to Beekeeping (8 week course)
This 8-week hands-on course is designed for complete beginners who want to gain the knowledge and confidence to get their first colony of honey bees. With expert tuition from Wildwood's own beekeeper. NB. This course is weather dependent and takes place outside. The timetable may alter if weather conditions are unsuitable.
Saturday 16th April - Saturday 4th June
Dates: 16/04, 23/04, 30/04, 7/05, 14/05, 21/05, 28/05, 04/06 11.00am – 4.00pm each day £80 per person for the 8-week course
An introductory one-day course for beginners who wish to start identifying flowering plants. Learn how to recognise plant parts and key features in order to decide which family the plant belongs to and gain confidence in identifying plants at species level. The use of basic keys will be introduced. This course will also provide a basic grounding in plant identification for people interested in attending the Phase 1 habitat survey course on 29th May.
In the days before supermarkets, foraged food traditionally formed a large part of our diet. This one-day introductory course will teach you how to forage safely (and within the law), how to discover easily recognisable edible plants and some tasty ways to prepare them. We will forage in a variety of local sites before returning to cook and sample our fare. NB. Course participants will need to meet at Egerton Village Hall.
Saturday 14th May
10.00am - 4.00pm £40 per person Meet at Egerton Village Hall
Sunday 29th May Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey
A classroom & field based introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey methods to map and record vegetation sites. For professionals or those working towards a career in this field. Learn to recognise key indicator plant species in order to identify broad habitat types and gain confidence in writing target notes. An ideal follow-up course for those who have completed the Plant Identification course on 7th May.