Winter Talk - “Citizen Science Counts - the BTO’s  Garden Bird Watch shows how” Event

Winter Talk - “Citizen Science Counts - the BTO’s Garden Bird Watch shows how”

13th February 2020 from 7.30pm

London Scottish Golf Club


Wimbledon and Putney Commons

Annual Winter Talk

“Citizen Science Counts - the BTO’s
Garden Bird Watch shows how ”

7.30pm on 13th February 2020
at the London Scottish Golf Club


For our annual Winter Talk in 2020,  we are delighted to welcome to the Commons, Peter Almond, an Ambassador for the British Trust for Ornitholgy’s (BTO) Garden BirdWatch Scheme.  Peter gives regular talks on gardening for wildlife in the Surrey area and he will be talking to us about the data the Garden BirdWatch scheme has gathered over the last 25 years, why this Citizen Science data is so important and what we can do for garden wildlife.  This ties in with the launch of our own Citizen Science initiative here on the Commons later in the spring and our DEFRA appointed Conservator, Dr Ros Taylor, will outline how this scheme will work.

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Speaker Biography

Peter Almond’s background is in Project and Programme Management Consultancy, with over 25 years working on major construction projects in the UK and overseas.  Following retirement in 2002, Peter studied part time for the RHS Horticultural qualifications at Merrist Wood College where he was awarded the RHS Advanced Certificate in Horticulture.

Having moved to a house with a large garden and taking on an allotment, Peter’s interest in gardening grew - from helping out friends in their gardens to chairing the local Garden Society and propagating and nurturing plants for sale at the Local Country Market.  Combining his gardening knowledge with his presentation skills from his previous career, Peter attended Brooklands College where he obtained a Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) qualification in August 2009. 

This led to a period working in Adult Education as a Tutor for East Surrey College delivering their City and Guilds Certificate course in Gardening and short courses on gardening subjects for the WEA.    Peter now focuses on talks on a range of horticultural subjects to Garden Societies and similar groups and has a particular interest in the dissemination of information on basic horticultural principles to ordinary gardeners, the impact of climate change and the role of the domestic garden as a habitat for wildlife.  As a member of the Wildlife Gardening Forum (WLGF), Peter aids in their aims to help everyone make their gardens better for wildlife by raising awareness and understanding of the importance of gardens for wildlife and providing impartial evidence-based information and advice .

For this, as well as his knowledge of the birdlife that visits his garden, Peter was recently appointed a British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) Ambassador for the Garden Birdwatch Scheme in the Surrey Area.







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