Families, naturalists, school children and lots of volunteers will be enjoying themselves all around Richmond next month, when they explore and survey the town’s varied wildlife.
Transition Richmond Yorkshire (TRY) will be holding a BioBlitz Day on Saturday July 14th. This free event, which is funded by the Co-operative, is to encourage everyone, particularly children, to be aware of how important biodiversity is to our food supply. The data collected together will be entered into a national flora and fauna data project in York.
Activities will include environmental surveys in nine locations, run by Open-Air Laboratories (OPAL); an Introduction to Landscape Archaeology with Mike Wood of the Richmondshire Museum; Children’s Wildlife Craft activities with Kathryn Guy; an evening Bat Walk led by John Drewett of the North Yorkshire Bat Group and a Butterfly Count, and Bumblebee Count.
There will also be an all-day game of BioBingo, using cards which may be collected from the ‘Hub in the Pub’ - the Ralph FitzRandal on Queen’s Road, Richmond, DL10 4AE - between 10 am and 4 pm on 14 July.
BioBlitz co-ordinator, Sally Reckert, says: “It’ll be great fun. There’s no charge, but you do need to register for the events, except BioBingo. Families are particularly welcome. Bring a picnic and make a day of it! You don’t even need to live in Richmond to take part, because the survey forms and BioBingo cards can be downloaded from our website.”
There is disabled access to several events. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Full details, downloads and links are at www.transitionrichmond.org/richmondbioblitz. For information or to register for events call 01748 822640 or email email@example.com