Create a permaculture property that working in harmony with wildlife – and reap the benefits of wild animals’ natural behavior
Learn how to use a variety of permaculture strategies to attract wild animals to your site. Explore ways to encourage the natural interrelationships that exist between animals to help control pest insects without the use of biocides.Discover non-lethal ways to deter animals that may damage your crops. Gain the knowledge you need to start beekeeping on your property.
Working with Wildlife
The skills you will gain in this self-paced online course:
- Recognize the role wild animals play in biodiverse ecosystems – locally and globally
- Appreciate the many benefits wildlife can bring to a permaculture propert
- Understand how fundamental parts of permaculture design can be augmented to attract wild animals to your site
- Provide suitable environmental niches for wild animals to inhabit
- Identify some of the common insectivorous bird species that may reside in or visit your site
- Distinguish different insects that help control pests – and know which insects they prey on
- Be able to utilize a variety of organic techniques to keep pest populations under control
- Understand how achieving balance in an ecosystem can help to keep pests in check
- Know which plants repel various wild animals
- Deploy strategies to stop domestic pets damaging your site
- Appreciate the interrelationship between bees and plants
- Be able to set up a beehive on your permaculture property
Arguably the greatest benefit to the permaculture gardener of engaging with wildlife is being able to control pest insect populations in an organic manner – utilizing the natural dimensions of wild food webs rather than chemical biocides.The course will introduce you to some of the more common species of animal that, once on your site, will be instrumental in ensuring that no insect population gets out of balance and so damages your crops. Insects are one of the two main groups that can perform this function, and beneficial species include:
- Braconid wasps
- Soldier beetles
- Preying mantids
You’ll learn about what they prey on, and how that protects the gardener’s yield. You’ll also discover the characteristics of some of the common insectivorous bird species that are likely to take up residence in your garden, or visit it during their migratory cycles.
You’ll learn which elements of a permaculture design are necessary to attract such bird species to your site, and how you can augment conditions and provide niches so that your garden will be filled with beautiful birdsong.
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The course also includes detailed information on other organic techniques that can be deployed to help keep insect populations in balance. Not only that, but there is also detailed information on non-lethal methods that can be utilized to deter larger animals who might look to make a meal of your crops, such as:
The concluding section of the course focuses on a more direct way to work with wildlife – beekeeping.
You’ll learn about the critical role bees play in plant reproduction and, hence, the health of ecosystems, as well as the conditions you need on your site if you are looking to get started with your own hive. You’ll discover the types of equipment required, and the species of bee most suitable to backyard beekeeping, so that you can get started with beekeeping today.