Friday, June 14, 2019

Calling all nature Lovers! Beacon Country Park needs you!

If you have a passion for your local wildlife then don't miss the Bioblitz at Beacon Country Park on 22 and 23 June.

West Lancashire Borough Council's Countryside Rangers are aiming to record as many of the park's plant and animal species as possible over one weekend - and they need your help!

Maps and record sheets will be available outside the Ranger Office in the park's Visitor Centre all weekend. People are encouraged to explore areas of the park to record as many different plants and animal species that they can identify. Be it birds, bees or butterflies, if it's there then the Rangers want to know.

If you find something interesting at the park that you can't identify then take a photo. Pictures can be posted on the Rangers' Facebook page for identification purposes and inclusion in the results.

Anyone with an area of expertise in wildlife or plants and wildflowers who would be interested in helping at the event please contact the Rangers by emailing

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: "If you are interested in finding out more about your local wildlife and environment then the Bioblitz is just the event for you. The information you collect with the Rangers will provide a valuable insight into life in Beacon Country Park."

As well as collating data from surveys and photographs, the Rangers are organising the following introductory walks over the weekend to help you find out more about the park's animal and plant life:

  • Saturday 22 June: Meadow surveying midday-1pm; bird identification 2pm-3pm; pond dipping 4pm-5pm; moth trapping 9.30pm
  • Sunday 23 June: Dawn chorus walk 4.30am; moth identification 7am-8am; mammal surveying 9am-10am; bees and wasps 11am-midday

Booking is not required for these sessions but please register your interest by ringing 01695 622794 or emailing