If you like wildlife gardening, and love learning more, you might like this: the Wildlife Gardening Forum is laying on a Wildlife Gardeners Day on Saturday 19 May 2018 at The Wetland Centre, London.

I know, because I'm speaking at it, but don't let that put you off!

To attend, it doesn't matter if you are an expert or beginner - all you need is the interest and passion to do more for wildlife in your garden. And anyway, we're all on the learning curve, every one of us!

Also speaking will be the godfather of wildlife gardening, Chris Baines, plus the wildlife gardening author, Kate Bradbury. And there will be 14 different workshops to pick and choose from, ranging from earthworms to dragonflies, bumblebees to Hedgehogs.

Plus there will be stalls from a wide range of different organisations, and plants to buy.

I mention this now because bookings opened this week, and I think it may fill up fast - you can book here.

The Forum has been doing some great things over its 13 year existence. It focuses on promoting and getting a better understanding of the science of gardens and their wildlife, which then informs many of the things we do here at the RSPB with regards to wildlife gardening.

The Forum's fast-growing new website is a mine of information, led by the indefatigable Dr Steve Head.

I've been a Trustee for a number of years, and the bonus for everyone is that 'membership' is free.

This photo was the summer conference last year looking at how best to create wildflower meadows in your own garden or local greenspace

So I hope I see many of you there on 19 May - it will be great to be among so many like-minded people.