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Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival returns, with worm charming, photography workshops, a city-wide bioblitz, and much more!

Last modified: 18 June 2015

Male house sparrow on guttering

The festival celebrates Glasgow's amazing wildlife and green spaces

Image: Steve Round

The Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival has launched its programme for 2015, offering over 70 exciting events at sites around the city from July 1-31.

Now in its second year, the festival is a collaborative effort between RSPB Scotland, Glasgow City Council, community groups and community gardens, encouraging everyone to explore Glasgow’s green spaces and create more homes for nature.

Fiona Weir, from RSPB Scotland, said: “We were overwhelmed with the response to the garden festival last year, both from the public, and from the groups running events. So this year we decided to make it longer with even more fun activities for people to try.

“We’re launching with a city-wide bike ride and mini garden festival in Kelvingrove Park, and finishing up with a massive bioblitz at the end of July. But throughout the month there will be talks, conservation days, canoe trips, foraging walks, parties, art workshops, and even a worm charming championship!

 “It’s a real community effort with over 50 gardens, allotments, parks and social projects getting involved. I really hope everyone in Glasgow will feel inspired to come along and take part.”

This year’s festival leaflet features a design by Glasgow artist Josie Vallely depicting wildlife including house sparrows, water voles and hedgehogs. The striking graphic was created using digital collage techniques, and patterns created in community workshops held at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

The festival is part of Giving Nature a Home in Glasgow, an RSPB Scotland initiative which aims to re-connect people with Glasgow’s urban green spaces. This year, it is part of Glasgow Year of Green biodiversity month, and many of the events will highlight simple ideas to help the public and businesses create more homes for nature, like planting for pollinating insects, and putting up nest boxes.

More information about the Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival and all the events can be found at www.rspb.org.uk/thingstodo/glasgow. Leaflets can be picked up from the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, and Halfpenny Bridge House. For more information you can contact gnahg@rspb.org.uk, tweet @RSPBGlasgow or phone 0141 331 0993.

How you can help

Nature in the UK is in trouble and some of our more familiar garden species are amongst those suffering serious declines. We can all help by giving nature a home where we live.

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