A bold plan to trace at least
1,000 species of animals and plants from coasts, countryside, parks and
gardens has been launched in Yorkshire.
A three-day family event, The Garden Wildlife Watch, is the largest natural history event ever held in the region and aims to record the biodiversity of Scarborough.
The scheme was organised by The Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union,
Welcome to Yorkshire and Scarborough Museums Trusts and they are looking for as many people as
possible to take part.
Yorkshire was selected for its high quality environment and wide range of diverse habitats. An exhibition called The Scarborough Environment Fair, will take place at The Spa in the seaside town on June 4, where specialists will help to identify strange insects, slugs and plants.
High on the list of desired specimens is the Great
Shield Slug, which is known to occur in the town. They also want
participants to record any sightings of birds, mammals, wildflowers and
butterflies seen in parks or gardens throughout the district.
People will need to note the details of the exact location, date and postcode, as well as their name and date. It is also advised to photograph the specimens rather than remove them from their natural habitat before bringing the documented information to the Spa exhibition.
There will be rock pool rambles, bird watching and ringing and identification sessions on everything from bats to butterflies at the Spa. As part of the celebrations the Rotunda Museum will be open free of charge during the event, with geology walks held on both days.