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Bioblitz to take place in Hell Wath

Bioblitz to take place in Hell Wath

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 12:36pm 15th July 2019.

Members of the public are being invited to a Bioblitz in Hell Wath Community Park

  • The event is organised by the Friends of Hell Wath group with Harrogate Borough Council.
  • People attending will help to create a snapshot of everything in the park - from butterflies to buttercups.
  • Activities will include pond dipping, moth traps and Bioblitz bingo.

This Saturday (20 July), a bioblitz is taking place at Hell Wath in Ripon, and it's open to people of all ages.

All of the data gathered by people taking part will contribute to a new management plan for the site. It's aimed at protecting the wildlife and will include building new footpaths and planting new trees.

The scheme is part of a partnership with Harrogate Borough Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Friends of Hell Wath, the National Trust and Nidderdale AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

Sam Walker is a Countryside Ranger at the council - he told Stray FM:

"A bioblitz is a way of recording what wildlife is on a site through experts running moth traps and then identifying the moths afterwards, kids going out and playing bioblitz bingo, recording everything they see.

"It's just getting as many people involved in recording the data, which will then be used to help how we manage the site in future.

"Where possible and practical we will change the management of the site so some of the species we find get a better habitat and then can thrive."

The bioblitz is taking place on Saturday between 9am and 4pm and you can turn up whenever you like - activities are being organised throughout the day:

  • All day - bioblitz bingo and bug hunting
  • 9am - Welcome and bioblitz introduction
  • 9.15am - Bird walk
  • 9.30am - Mammal traps
  • 10am - Botany and butterflies walk
  • 10.30am - Moth traps
  • 12.30pm - River dipping
  • 1.30pm - Bird walk
  • 2pm - Botany and butterflies walk
  • 3.30pm - Thank you and summary of discoveries