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Wild About Jersey: Seedy Sunday 2019

Wild About Jersey with Seedy Sunday, 16 and 17 February 2019

Wild About Jersey will be in partnership with Seedy Sunday this year at Le Rocquier School on 16 and 17 February 2019 .

The 2019 theme is pollinators. We will discover more about pollinators in Jersey, why they matter and what you can do to help them. If you are an expert or an enthusiastic beginner with an interest in gardening and wildlife there will be something for you. You can:

  • take part in training
  • listen to expert speakers on environmental topics
  • visit the wide range of stalls and activities provided by many organisations
  • visit the seed table where you’ll find thousands of seeds for swapping

Wild About Jersey will raise your understanding of the environment. The Saturday will include free training and opportunities to encourage you to get involved with environmental projects and monitoring programmes.

Wild About Jersey and Seedy Sunday

The weekend of free talks, activities and information will raise your understanding of the environment. It will encourage you to help with environmental projects, monitoring programmes and gardening for wellbeing.

Follow us on the Seedy Sunday Jersey Facebook page to keep up to date with what is happening over the weekend. Book your free place for Saturday training sessions using the Eventbrite website. On the Sunday there is no need to book, just come and meet groups and individuals involved in gardening and protecting Jersey’s wildlife.

Seedy Sunday Jersey 2019 is being supported by the Channel Islands Cooperative Society's Eco Fund and EMR. All funds raised on the day will support Jersey Trees for Life to repair and create new squirrel bridges across our busy roads.

Wild volunteer training: Saturday 16 February

Come along to our free Wild About Jersey volunteer training 9.30am to 5pm at Le Rocquier School. Join our team of Wild Volunteers and learn how to carry out simple biological monitoring. With your new knowledge you can enjoy nature and contribute to our understanding of it.

There is no cost, and you can attend as little or as much as you would like.

Places are limited and can be booked through Eventbrite website.  

Children are welcome but must be supervised by a responsible adult

Training programme for Wild volunteers: Saturday 16 February

TimeTraining eventTopics to cover
9.30am to 10amJersey Butterfly Monitoring Scheme
  • what butterflies are in Jersey
  • why we monitor butterflies
  • what we are discovering
  • how you can get involved
10am to 10.30How to survey butterflies and become a wild volunteer
  • methods for transect walking
  • how to record the butterflies you see
10.45am to 12.15pmJersey Butterfly Identification
  • tips and techniques for identifying butterflies
  • learn from our local expert volunteers
  • JBMS sign up and site allocation
12.15pm to 12.45Bats for Beginners and Introduction to the Jersey Bat Survey (JBatS)
  • what is a bat?
  • bat myths, evolution and diversity
  • why are they so special? Flight, echolocation and community
  • where do they live?
  • what do they eat?
  • how do they reproduce?
  • bat ecology and adaptation;
1.30pm to 2pmJBatS - How can I get involved
  • introduction to acoustic monitoring, differences with other schemes
  • overview of results from the pilot study
  • choosing survey sites, setting up detectors, analysing data
  • future directions for JBatS
  • volunteering for JBatS
2pm to 2.30pmDiscovering reptiles and amphibians in Jersey – past, present and future.
  • find out what we've discovered about Jersey's native reptiles and amphibians and why we survey them
2.30pm to 3.45pmPondwatch - a new scheme for surveying Jersey's pondlife
  • what is PondWatch and how can you get involved?
  • what lives in and around ponds
  • how to identify what's living in your pond
  • how to look for wildlife in ponds
  • what makes a good pond?
  • how to record what is (and is not) in a pond
  • where can you learn more?
  • summary and sign-up
3.45pm to 5pmReptileWatch – a new survey scheme for Jersey's reptiles
  • what is ReptileWatch and how can you get involved?
  • what species might you come across?
  • how to identify Jersey's reptiles (and more)
  • how to look for reptiles
  • what makes a good reptile habitat?
  • how to record what is (and is not) found during a reptile survey
  • where can you learn more?
  • summary and sign-up

Seedy Sunday and Wild About Jersey: Sunday 17 February

Join us at Le Rocquier School for talks, activities, stalls, seed swapping and much more. Bring your family and friends to this free event to discover Jersey's wildlife. Learn why our pollinators matter. Find out how to make your garden and Jersey, a safe haven for nature.

We are delighted to announce that  Alan Gardner from the Channel 4's series 'The Autistic Gardener', will be joining us for the Sunday event to give you advice about your garden as well as hosting a question and answer session at 1pm.

Stall holders: Sunday 17 February

  • Birds on the edge
  • Birdsong Garden
  • Community in Bloom
  • Eco Active, States Of Jersey
  • Jersey Amphibian and Reptile Group
  • Jersey Bat Group
  • Jersey Biodiversity Centre
  • Jersey Gardening Club
  • Jersey Hemp
  • Jersey Mencap
  • Jersey trees for life
  • JSPCA Animals’ Shelter
  • Kali-Ma Chocolates

  • Natural Jersey
  • National Vegetable Society
  • Overdale Horticultural Group
  • Pimata
  • Plastic Free Jersey
  • Rural Magazine
  • Samres Manor
  • Société Jersiaise Marine Biology Section and Jersey Marine Conservation in attendance with the Butterfield marine touch tank
  • The Bee Keepers’ Association
  • The National Trust for Jersey
  • Wild Days
  • Wild Shinrinyuko
  • Wonderlands

Sunday 17 February activities and events

  • seed swap table
  • hot lunch and homemade cake stalls
  • activities for children in Kiddies Korner all day
  • the Hot Bananas choir performance at 12.30pm
  • raffle with Alan Gardner drawing the top three prizes at 2pm

Programme of talks : Sunday 17 February

​TimeTalk subject​Speaker​
​10.30am to 11am​The Pollinator Project, Guernsey

Barry Wells​, La Societe Guernesiaise

​11am to 11.30

​Growing tasty vegetables organically, rather than weeds (pioneer species)

​Glyn Mitchell, The Credible Food Project

​11.30am to 12pm

​Witches and Unicorns: how saving one species can help another

​Elizabeth Corry, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

​12pm to 12.30pm

​What have trees ever done for us? (and what Jersey Trees for Life are doing for them)

​Gerard Farnham, Jersey Trees for Life

​12.30pm tp 1pm

​Searching for bats over the rainbow

​Henry Glynn, University College London
​1pm to 2pmQuestion and answer session about your garden

​​Alan Gardner, Channel 4's 'The Autistic Gardener'

​2.10pm to 2.30pm

​Wild Food Foraging

Kazz Padidar, Wild Adventures​

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