Avon Wildlife Trust put out a number of easy to use guides to help people identify wildlife – http://www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/wildlife-explorer
In April the NSI published a newsletter with a list of surveys from the Wildlife Trust and others you can do while on the Slopes – or in your home or garden. These are a few of the ideas:
- Pollinator Monitoring scheme (PoMS) – https://www.ceh.ac.uk/our-science/projects/pollinator-monitoring
The Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMS) is a new national surveys. Anyone can take part if they have access to a small patch of flowering plants! Counts involve sitting and identifying the insect types that visit a small patch of flowers within a 10-minute period. You only need a basic level of insect ID. To input your data online, you will need to register on the iRecord website.
- Big Butterfly Count – https://www.bigbutterflycount.org/
This is a national survey taking place in July and August in the UK. It involves spending 15 minutes in your green space or garden recording all observable butterflies.
- Living with mammals – 30th March onwards https://ptes.org/get-involved/surveys/garden/living-with-mammals/
This is a national survey of the mammals you may see in your garden.
- Every flower counts – End of May and then at end of July. https://www.plantlife.org.uk/everyflowercounts/
This is a national survey of the wildflowers in gardens – especially lawns
Government published expanded and new advice on the key principles of enjoying the benefits of being outside, while protecting yourself and others from coronavirus. http://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-guidance-on-access-to-green-spaces
The Northern Slopes are open for exercise and activities in line with the Government’s updated advice published on 11 May 2020. You can see the advice in relation to Parks and Green Spaces at http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do#public-spaces–outdoor-activities–exercise
Thanks to Young Rangers and Groundwork we now have an Instagram account – #Northernslopes or http://www.instagram.com/northernslopesbristol/. Looking forward to seeing people’s posts about the Slopes.
Currently the Northern Slopes are open for daily exercise in line with Bristol City Council and Government guidance. All other activities have been postponed including those advertised on the pages of the website. Check the parks and green space advice on www.gov.uk/coronavirus and www.bristol.gov.uk/museums-parks-sports-culture/parks-changes-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19 to see what you should be doing when visiting the Slopes.
Today we have launched our new website, which we hope you will find it easier to read and find your way around. Thanks to Kevin, Sam and Caroline for setting it up. It is work in progress – so any suggestions for improvements always welcome via our contacts page.