People can spend a weekend on the wild side and discover some of the amazing wildlife living in Stroud’s unique Nature Reserve.
On Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24 people are being invited to join in a BioBlitz at the cemetery.
The weekend will enable the Green Spaces team to update the register of species for the site, which will help to formulate future management.
“It’s been 15 years since the list has been updated. People can come and learn from wildlife experts who will be on the site recording everything from grasses to butterflies to reptiles,” said Mike Dando, Green Spaces Manager.
During the two-day BioBlitz people will be able to help record species and enjoy guided walks to learn more about the area.
We are hoping to record upwards of 300 different species over a 30 hour period, so come along and help us beat this target!
There will be activity sheets for children, plus a ‘Mini-beast hunt’. Timings of walks will be posted on our Facebook page nearer the weekend as they may be weather dependent.
Visitors may see common lizards, pyramidal orchids, slow worms or marbled white butterflies – all of which have been recorded on the site.
“It’s rare to have such a wonderful haven for wildlife in the centre of a town. There’s a wide array of species living among the gravestones, not to mention the stunning views,” said Mr Dando.
While there are tarmacked paths, some of the ground is uneven, so visitors are asked to wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather and terrain. No dogs please. A WC will be available.