Wildlife Gardening Podcast
Welcome to BBOWT's podcast about helping wildlife in Berks, Bucks and Oxon.
Have you got a question you'd like answered about wildlife gardening, or suggestions for future topics? Pop them in the comments or share them with us on social media, tagging @BBOWT and #BBOWTpodcast, and we'll try to get them all answered in future podcasts.
Go wild in June!
This week Ed and Andy are joined by Claire, BBOWT's Education Manager at College Lake. They chat about connecting to nature using your head, heart and hands, and the importance of our education work, inspiring the next generation to care for the natural world.
June is a perfect time to stop and notice nature around you, especially if you take part in The Wildlife Trusts' 30 Days Wild challenge. Find out more about the challenge, what you need to do and why it's great for your wellbeing by listening to this week's episode.
All about ponds
This week we're joined by Kate Sheard, Community Wildlife Manager in Buckinghamshire, and we're talking all things ponds. Find out why adding a garden pond is one of the best things you can do for wildlife at home, how to add a pond no matter the size of your garden, perfect plants for ponds, and the ferocious predators that could be lurking at the bottom of the water!
Say no to the mow!
This week we're joined by Katie Horgan, Rough Around the Edges project officer, and we're looking at the importance of wild flowers, from flower-filled road verges to wilder patches in your own gardens. So, put the lawn mower away, sit back and find out why protecting our local wildlife is just as important as conserving elephants and tigers.
The return of the swifts
This week it's all about birds, from the joyful sound of screaming swifts returning, to the beautiful dawn chorus and how to help your garden birds (plus escaping meal worms!). Join Andy, Ed and Liz as they chat about one of their favourite subjects.
Introduction to wildlife gardening
This week we're joined by Liz, Andy and Ed in their homes around Oxfordshire. Find out what they do for BBOWT, where their love of wildlife came from, what they've seen on their patch this week, and what does wildlife-gardening actually mean.
Grab a cuppa, sit back and have a listen.
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Find more ways to help wildlife
How to compost your waste
Instead of sending your green waste to landfill, create your own compost.
How to create a hedgehog hole
Help hedgehogs get around by making holes and access points in fences and barriers to link up the gardens in your neighbourhood.
How to have an eco-Christmas
Whether you celebrate a big family Christmas, or you just give out a few cards to your friends and neighbours to wish them a happy time…
How to build a hedgehog home
By providing safe places for hedgehogs to live, you’re much more likely to see these prickly creatures in your garden.
How to make your garden a chemical-free zone
Go chemical-free in your garden to help wildlife, make a safer environment for people and pets, and save money!
What to feed hedgehogs and badgers
Putting out a bit of food can help see mammals like hedgehogs through colder spells.