Fans of creepy crawlies get the chance to become bug detective for the day when they visit Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster this Thursday.
The BioBlitz event, part of a nationwide initiative by BIAZA, the organisation that represents the UK’s zoos and aquariums, has been designed to give people hands-on experience in wildlife surveying and monitoring while producing valuable data.
Visitors are encouraged to go on a bug safari around the wildlife park to record as many species as possible, looking out for the smaller creatures that often go unnoticed.
Children can also enjoy badge-making, crafts and quizzes with the education team who will be at the Discovery Forest Classrooms between 10.30am and 4 pm. The ‘Big Bugs Live & Deadly Bugs’ shows will be held in the Amphitheatre, where scientists from Doncaster Naturalists’ Society will help the public to find, identify and record species with bug hunting kits.
“Our animals are the star attractions but there is so much more to see and these creatures are crucial to the biodiversity that supports all species,” said YWP’s Education Lead Jade Bancroft. “Everyone is welcome to join in what will be a revealing and fun day for all.
“It is also a good way to get experience of surveying and monitoring species and plants. There’s always the chance of turning up some rare and interesting mini-beasts.”
BIAZA members have recorded thousands of animal species since 2012 with recent star-finds including great green bush crickets, wolf spiders, elephant hawk-moths and nocturnal visitors including badgers, owls and bats.
For more information on visiting Yorkshire Wildlife Park go to www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com