Learn about our garden birds and how to make your garden a haven for our feathered friends. Discuss nesting habits, attractive garden features, different foods, and more.

Event details

Meeting point

Jeffery Harrison Visitor Centre, Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve. Postcode TN13 3DH


10.30am - 4pm
A static map of Gardening For Birds NEW

About the event

On this course we will be promoting the kinds of plants, structures and design of features that can be added to your typical or average garden, including pond design and which shrubs or climbers are most likely to attract nesting or roosting birds.  The course will also cover feeder hygiene in addition to feeder types, the cleaning of bird boxes and bird baths, and other artificial features and their essential care. 

The day will begin with a welcome and introduction to the day, followed by a discussion on our garden birds, behaviour & how birds use your garden.

After lunch, we will be discussing garden design: creating your own bird reserve, followed by a discussion on nest boxes & providing food.  At the end of the day there will be a chance to ask any questions that you have.

By the end of the session it is expected that you will have:

  • Gained confidence in identifying our garden birds and their behaviour.
  • Understand what garden features can be advantageous for birds and what you can plant for birds in your garden
  • Understand where garden birds nest, what our garden birds eat and how you can help

Led by Simon Ginnaw, Ornithologist

Suitable for beginners and improvers

NB Sevenoaks visitor centre will be open 10am- 5pm;  café facilities are only available at this time;  drinks, crisps, cakes and confectionery, but not sandwiches or lunches, can be purchased


Phone number

01622 662012


Normal fee: £33 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Suitable for


Know before you go


Guide dogs only
Only guide dogs are allowed on the reserve. Dogs are allowed in the car park and picnic area on a lead.

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair accessible. Visitors in Wheelchairs have access to the visitors centre, three hides and most of the nature trail.

What to bring

Notepad and pen/pencil, clothing and footwear suitable for the weather, packed lunch and drink.


Picnic area

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012