Are you interested in finding out more about butterflies and bees? If you are, come along on a series of free walks to help identify and catalogue these fascinating insects.
Lichfield District Council’s parks team is looking for volunteers to join them on monthly walks around Beacon Park.
The walks are being held to help the council develop records about the numbers of bees and butterflies in the park, which will feed into national data bases.
The first walk of the season is on Thursday 6 April from 10am to around 12noon. The monthly walks will then continue on the first Thursday of every month until the final walk on Thursday 7 September.
Ruth Witczak, Community & Education Officer for Lichfield District Council, said: “Butterflies and bees are fascinating insects and extremely important pollinators but, rather worryingly, some species are in decline. Surveying Beacon Park and feeding into wider records will helps scientists build up a picture of populations and trends and hopefully ultimately conserve these essential invertebrates. We can also use the data we collect on the walks when putting together our planting schemes to encourage butterfly and bee species that need a boost.”
The walks can only take place if the conditions are right for spotting butterflies and bees. This means they may be cancelled if is windy, overcast or raining.
To find out more and to express an interest in coming along, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. To confirm whether a walk is taking place on the day call Ruth Witczak on 01543 308869.