Heritage Lottery funded project encourages everyone to record their garden wildlife

The ‘Hidden Herefordshire: discovering its wildlife and wild places’ project, run jointly by Herefordshire Biological Records Centre (HBRC) and Cultivating Learning and Nature (CLaN) CIC, is encouraging people across the county to record wildlife in their garden. Our gardens can be a haven for a multitude of species and getting out to record it is vitally important – the common species in your garden are of just as much interest as rarer wildlife found in more far-flung places.

To get involved Click here to go to the website download the instructions and recording form, and get recording! The data produced will give us a better understanding of the biodiversity on our doorsteps, helping to contribute to a more complete picture overall of the county’s flora and fauna.

Anyone can take part, whatever your age, skill, health or fitness level – our gardens can be great places to connect with nature, particularly if you’re unable for whatever reason to travel further afield. You can record anything you find, from the common House Sparrow or the rare Great Crested Newt. If you are unsure about what to do or what you have seen, you can call upon the Hidden Herefordshire team’s expert advice. There is an even a prize for the first five completed recording forms that the team receive.

Hidden Herefordshire Project Officer Tim Kaye said

‘It would make a huge difference if a fraction of the people in the county went out and recorded wildlife in their garden. Not only will it help wildlife but it can really benefit your mental health as well.’

For more please contact Tim Kaye on 07980 863577 or email tim@clan-cic.org

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