Abergavenny's Castle Meadows will play host to a wildlife event next week, where wildlife enthusiasts and the general public can learn more about the creatures and plants that live there. On Friday May 16 and Saturday May 17, 'We Count for Wildlife' aims to log all the plants, animals and insects seen in one day, as well as providing information from local groups and specialists at a marquee in the Abergavenny Castle grounds. On the Friday, from 8 to 10pm there will be a beginner's introduction to bats at the Castle with a short talk, followed by a short walk using bat detectors to listen in to the bats' feeding flights as they emerge at dusk. There will also be a live moth trapping from 10pm until midnight using special light traps to attract them, to see how many of the 2,400 species of UK moth will be found. On the Saturday, a series of walks will be available for local people to join, led by experts in their field, for people to learn how to identify different species, as well as seeing wildlife close up. The event begins at 10am, with the first walk around the Castle Meadows beginning at 10.15am, and the last at 2.15pm. Pond dipping will also be available, and experts on birds, bees, slugs and snails, and plants will be on hand. A running total of all the wildlife spotted on the day will be kept, and all records will be submitted to the South East Wales Biological Records Centre, which will also be present on the day. The event will contribute to wildlife records for Castle and Castle Meadows, and raise awareness of the importance of these green spaces for our wilder neighbours. The event is organised by Monmouthshire Environment Partnership Board, Gwent Wildlife Trust and Monmouthshire Countryside Service, and the partners are very grateful to other participants in the event, and in particular to the Friends of Castle Meadows and staff at the Castle and Museum for hosting it.
Learn more about Castle Meadows' wildlife
Thursday 8th May 2014 10:00 pm