What owl shrieks, hisses and snores rather than hoots? What on earth do moths have in common with hawks, hummingbirds or elephants? An upcoming series of free monthly talks in and around Nidderdale by The Wild Watch will aim to reveal all and reinvigorate a sense of wonder in the natural world on our doorsteps.
The special evening events begin on 6th November with an insight into the fascinating art of moth trapping with lepidopterist Dr Charles Fletcher. With over 2,500 known species of moths in the UK, for those who have ‘caught the bug’ the thrill of finding something new is ever present!
Further talks over the coming months include "The life and behaviour of owls" offering the perfect guide to these popular and majestic birds, all of which are causing a degree of concern for conservationists.
The final talk led by The Wild Watch Patron Professor John Altringham and fellow bat expert Dr Anna Berthinussen will explain how "Citizen Science", research done by amateur enthusiasts and the wider public, is playing an important role in informing on the ground conservation work.
The Wild Watch is an inspiring new project involving local people running a health check on the wildlife in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Supported by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the area’s biggest-ever wildlife survey is being carried out over the next three years with the help of local landowners, farmers and residents to obtain the latest data on fifty threatened local species. The information will help and animals could be created to boost populations and halt their decline.
Project Officer Alice Crosby said: "The talks are for all levels of interest and ability and are a perfect way to spend an evening immersed in the world of some amazing creatures, brilliantly portrayed by our speakers, each an expert in their respective fields. It’s a great opportunity to take a short break away from your usual evening routine and we hope may spark an interest in becoming involved in The Wild Watch."
To find out more about both the talks and The Wild Watch, visit www.thewildwatch.org.uk, follow on Twitter @TheWildWatch, or call 01423 712950.
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