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On Friday 12th August, the Friends of Alderman Kneeshaw Park will be welcoming families onto the park grounds for a day of fun and fact finding! Efforts to improve the park's biodiversity started in February this year when visitors to the park helped plant some 80 odd Alder Buckthorn saplings to attract brimstone butterflies. Now the Friends want to learn whether these efforts have succeeded and have joined with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to learn more about the park and its habitats.

This new partnership will focus on improving the biodiversity of the park and engaging park visitors with all the Park's habitats and wildlife. To launch this partnership, we are holding a bioblitz in the park on the 12th August from 11.00 to 3.30. This day of family fun and active wildlife data collection is being supported by a range of organisations and individuals, including The Deep, Child Dynamix, Scrapstore, NEYEDC, Rewilding Youth, the artist Linda King, bird and bat experts Andy Gibson and Helen Norford of YWT, and Raise the Roof, to name just a few! As we have done at previous events, we will also be providing 350 free lunch packs for those under 16s who join us on the day.

It's going to be a fantastic event!! The park is almost 17 acres, bordered on one side by the "drain". There will be walks with species experts to identify different forms of wildlife; activities designed by young people from Child Dynamix; a procession led by Linda King; willow weaving with solstice celebrant and Pickering Road Community Orchard leader Rosie Ireson; drumming in a drum circle; football for all; and puppets from the Iota Studios. Plus much more!

Contact Debbie Morrell, Chair of the Friends of Alderman Kneeshaw Park

By phone:  07403686590

By email:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./

FOAK bioblitz August 2022

Photo: members of the evolving Bioblitz team. L to R Andy Steele (YWT), Robin Sanders (NEYEDC), Phill Robinson (The Deep), Debbie Morrell (FoAK), Wendy Gregory (FoAK).

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