Over the last year, there has been a surge of interest in nature and wildlife in the local area. To help explore the network of green spaces, ponds and other natural habitats at Wintringham, naturalist and TV presenter Mike Dilger hosted a series of ‘Wild Wintringham’ activities to introduce local residents to the abundance of wildlife on their doorstep.
Wintringham is home to some fascinating wildlife and offers homes for people and nature. This time last week, families from the local community took part in a Wild Wintringham event to explore the which are home to lots of different species of wildlife.
Urban&Civic teamed up with housebuilders, CALA and Durkan to invite the local community to discover more about the fascinating ecology at the development. Events included an early morning search for critters, pond dipping in Bret Pond, a butterfly and bug hut, and an evening bat walk.
Families on the morning session were delighted to find a grass snake as well as moths of all shapes and sizes, whilst the pond dippers discovered water stick insects, pond skaters and newts. The bats were more elusive, but a couple were spotted later in the evening.
Mike Dilger said: “Thanks to everyone who took part for putting the ‘wild’ into the Wintringham. The day was blessed with the most wonderful weather as residents came out in their throngs for a spot of snake wrangling, moth trapping, pond-dipping, bug-spotting and bat watching. Keen to see the wildlife thriving just beyond their doorstep, attendances were really impressive for every event, and I trust everyone from eight months to eighty years old went away having gained a deeper appreciation of the power of nature to excite and inspire.”
For anyone who wasn’t able to attend the Wild Weald event, extensive wayfinding is installed at Wintringham with information about the features, amenities, ecology and heritage to help you explore.