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Braunstone Park hosts Wildlife Day

Published on 08 August 2017

POND dipping, bird watching and bug hunts are some of the fun activities on offer at Braunstone Park this week.

Focusing on the animals, birds and insects that live in and around the park’s lakes, the family-friendly wildlife event on Thursday (10 August) will give people the opportunity to learn more about the ecology of the area.

Nature conservation experts and staff from the Environment Agency will be on hand – and there will even be some free fishing tackle and bird food for those taking part. 

Assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport Cllr Piara Singh Clair said: “This special event will give people the chance to find out more about the fish, birds and insects that live in and around the lakes in Braunstone Park.

“It’s a great opportunity to come along to meet the experts and learn about the wildlife that lives in our parks.”

Braunstone Park’s Wildlife Day runs from 10.30am to 1.30pm on Thursday 10 August.

The event is free of charge, but those wishing to attend should register in advance. Call 07923 878880 to reserve your place, or book online at www.eventbrite.co.uk  

Braunstone Park’s Wildlife Day marks the start of ‘Greening the Edges’ – a major project that will help to attract wildlife to the park’s lakes, thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ initiative.

Leicester City Council has teamed up with the Soar Catchment Partnership, the Braunstone Angling Club and volunteers from the local community to deliver the project, which will enhance the lake’s island and make it a better place for wildlife.

Bat and bird boxes will be installed, an insect house added, and the island’s banks will be restored – creating a better environment for amphibians, small mammals and invertebrates.

The project also aims to raise awareness of the diversity of the park’s wildlife – and the steps that can be taken to improve the water and the environment for wildlife. 

Senior nature conservation officer Helen O’Brien said: “Our Wildlife Day is the perfect way to kickstart the ‘Greening the Edges’ project.

“We want local people to join us on 10 August to have a go at pond dipping and bug hunting – and to learn how to protect the environment for the fish and the birds who live in Braunstone Park.”

Chair of the Braunstone Angling Club and local ward councillor Elaine Halford said: “We have supported this project from day one as there will be clear benefits for local people, visitors to the park, anglers and, of course, the fish, birds and other wildlife that live in and around the lakes. 

“Getting our local community involved is one way of trying to help everyone realise just how important these local areas are – even if they live right across the road from them.”