In the past, bird-watchers and bug-hunters have been frowned upon by academics for just looking at wildlife, rather than studying it in depth.
A naturalist – previously considered an expert – is now defined as “an amateur concerned more with observation than with experiment” by the Oxford English Dictionary.
But in the 21st Century, experts are realising the potential of simple observations to provide essential data to help conserve our wildlife.
From the outdoor nation and The Garden Bioblitz website (www.gardenbioblitz.org): The Garden Bioblitz a great way for kids to find out just what else calls their garden home. For a 24-hour period across the weekend of the 1st and 2nd June 2013 (you choose when to begin and end), people the length and breadth of Britain will be venturing out into their gardens armed with nets, cameras, and a desire to discover what a wealth of wildlife even a small garden can contain.
Your very own Outdoors Explorer will help you complete the 50 coolest outdoor things to do before you’re 11 ¾ (and use your own skills to find hidden secret challenges!)
From the Wild About Gardens website: Spring is at its height. The dawn chorus is a medley of native and migrant birds, wildflowers are colouring the landscape, and everywhere you look there are animals engaged in the rituals of breeding. And although it may seem that our wildlife is in full flow, there are still more appearances to be made as migrants continue to arrive and the late sleepers awaken from hibernation. May is vibrant; it’s a great time to be out in the garden.
Have a look at: http://www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk/thingstodo/may.aspx
for guidance and inspiration…
Although made in the US, this short film shows the difference gardening for wildlife can make. Let’s liven up Orchard Park with Wildlife…