WILDLIFE DAY 2017 – 18th June
Every year Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens hosts a wildlife day to enthuse people about the wildlife in their gardens and provide them with practical tips on how to share even the smallest of spaces with animals, birds and insects. The day is a celebration of British wildlife, where you can see practical demonstrations of bird ringing and moth-trapping. You will also be able to join experts in the garden as they take you on identification walks to find some of the secret wildlife.
There will be a timetable of activities throughout the day for all the family.
Admission is £5 for adults and £1 for children (5-16)
The following organisations have confirmed their attendance so far:
British Arachnological Society
British Trust for Ornithology
Butterfly Conservation Yorkshire
East Yorkshire Bat Group
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust
Yorkshire Mammal Group
Tansy Beetle Action Group
North Yorkshire Rotters
Bumblebee Conservation Trust
We will be adding to this list as we continue to plan the day and will add details of activities closer to the date.
Photos from previous wildlife days:
David Baker from the Yorkshire Butterfly Trust regularly traps moths at Stillingfleet, he gives a preview of the moths you may see in the garden on the Wildlife Day:
“By the end of June the gardens should be the home to several species of the more common butterflies and, subject to the weather, they should be feeding on the nectar from the garden plants, easily seen and recognised. We all look forward to a dry, sunny day. There should be a few species of day-flying moths also to be seen, but you will have to look closer for these. The small, black, Chimney Sweeper moth can usually be found in the grassy areas near to the pond, along with the fast flying Silver Y moth nectaring on the meadow flowers. Keen examination of the flowers, foliage and grasses could bring to light more moths or caterpillars.
The majority of moths will be flying at night, but they can be attracted to the bright ultra-violet lamp of a “Moth Trap”, several of which will be sited in the garden the night before. To allay any fears with regard to the word “trap”, no moths will be harmed, but at least one of each species found will be retained alive for viewing, in the “Butterfly Conservation” tent, before being released back into the gardens. Likely contenders will be the very distinctive Elephant Hawk Moth, White Ermine, Small Magpie and Peppered Moths amongst, hopefully, many others.”