Working with wildlife –

Working with wildlife

This course is all about animals. It explores the ways that wild animals interact with your permaculture property and how you can design to augment those interactions and benefit from the natural relationships between animals – and between animals and plants – in an ecosystem. Working in harmony with nature can augment your site in many ways, and this course looks at a range of them – from increasing biodiversity to filling your garden with birdsong. We also deal comprehensively with one of the primary benefits of working with wildlife, which is being able to control pest insect populations naturally, without the need to introduce damaging chemicals into your ecosystem. So we will explore some of the beneficial insects and birds that will help keep pest populations in balance, and look at some of the ways to attract them to your property. We also look at various organic techniques you can use to deter larger animals that may damage your crops and reduce your yield. This course also includes a comprehensive guide to an even more “hands-on” way to work with wildlife – beekeeping. You’ll learn about the crucial role bees play in ecosystems, and be given all the information you need to set up your own hive.

Learning outcomes

  • Appreciate how attracting wildlife to your garden will benefit it in many ways
  • Understand why biodiversity is essential to the health of the plant – and your permaculture property
  • Recognize the connection between native plants and wild animals, and how it influences your site
  • Acknowledge the crucial role wild animals play in plant reproduction
  • Be able to utilize strategies to attract wildlife to your permaculture property
  • Learn some of the more common insect and bird species that can help control pest populations
  • Deploy a variety of organic methods to keep pests from damaging your garden and reducing your yield
  • Utilize planting techniques to deter wild animals from eating your crops
  • Understand the essential part bees play in healthy ecosystems
  • Have the knowledge to set up a beehive on your own property