Thetford encourages young people to get out in the garden

The Thetford Garden Centre and the Thetford based national charity, British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), have worked together to produce a series of posters to distribute to pupils at local Primary schools.

The posters include some of the birds, mammals and insects to look out for in a Breckland garden setting. As well as information on the wildlife featured, the poster gives ideas on how to plan your garden to attract these potential visitors.

Many across the UK will be looking out for garden birds this month. The BTO exists as a charity to monitor and research our UK birds; with citizen science schemes such as the BTO Garden BirdWatch running throughout the year to track how birds and other wildlife use gardens across the seasons. The Thetford Garden Centre has always promoted the need to support the local wildlife and regularly holds talks at the centre and in local schools on the importance of protecting the outside environment for all to enjoy both now and in the future.

It is hoped the children will be enthused to take the posters outside of the classroom, to their homes and share the experience with their friends and families.

“It doesn’t matter whether a household lives in a flat, house or stately home. There is sure to be an area either attached to the house or close by where children and their parents can monitor local birds and other wildlife. Green spaces and fresh air is good for everyone and we are pleased to be able to provide the BTO information on A2 posters which the young children can display on a wall and mark off the birds and animals as and when they see them”.

“This provides a flavour of monitoring for the BTO as well as encouraging family time together observing and thinking about the wildlife outside. At the garden centre we also have experts to hand should anyone need advice on how they can attract wildlife into their garden” Shane Hinkley, Thetford Garden Centre.

“Our monitoring schemes demonstrate that UK wildlife populations are undergoing rapid and measurable change. In this context, gardens and other green spaces in towns like Thetford have the potential to make a difference by providing a vital wildlife refuge. We are proud to be working with Thetford Garden Centre to help us reach local children, encouraging them to notice wildlife and, hopefully, go on to regularly tell us what visits their garden and when.” Deb Lee, Head of Engagement at BTO.

Posters are also available from Thetford Garden Centre and subject to availability. The second poster in the series will focus on mammals and will be available soon.

Courtesy of Thetford Garden Centre– 16/01/2020

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