photo of amphibian by Vaughn Matthews

Vaughn Matthews 

Gardening for Wildlife: Water and Shelter

Find out about ways you can add water and shelter to your wildlife friendly garden

Event details


10.30am - 1.00pm
A static map of Gardening for Wildlife: Water and Shelter

About the event

Our gardens are becoming wildlife havens. Learn about two of the major principles of improving a garden for wildlife – how to provide shelter for a range of animals and how water or a pond, large or small, is vital for the wildlife in your garden.

After an introduction to the subjects of water and shelter in the garden, we will have a look around the wildlife friendly Farmhouse Garden at Tyland Barn. We will then return to the training room, to look into these features in more detail.

It is expected that by the end of the session you will understand:

  • The different sorts of shelter that insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals need
  • How to provide a diverse range of shelter in your garden
  • How different styles and sizes of gardens can provide shelter for wildlife
  • The ways in which water in your garden, supports wildlife
  • Different types of water features and ponds
  • Plants for your pond
  • How to care for your wildlife pond

Suitable for beginners and anyone with a general interest in gardening for wildlife.

Led by Celia Davies, Kent Wildlife Trust Wildlife Habitats Officer



Standard fee: £17.50 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £2.50 off.

Suitable for


Know before you go


No dogs permitted


Disabled parking available. Disabled access to Training room. Limited access to farmhouse garden for wheelchairs, possibly better for mobility scooters. Please contact to discuss accessibility needs.


Picnic area
Accessible toilet
Baby changing facilities

Contact us

Jill Evington