Meet the Neighbours
Help us meet and greet the wildlife at Young Wood
Meet the Neighbours is a year-long project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to find, identify and celebrate the myriad of wild species which surround us at Young Wood - from the fairly obvious to the very obscure! We are running a series of mini 'safaris' through the spring, summer and autumn of 2017, each focusing on a different group, and all open to anyone with an interest in the subject. Alongside these safaris, we will be creating a special new place at the centre of Young Wood to record the names of the species we find, and collect signs of wildlife that we find on our travels around the wood.
Wed 7th June
Meet the Neighbours - Woodland bird song. Learn how to recognise the songs of common woodland birds with Rob Grimmond from the Somerset Ornithological Society. 10am to 1pm at Young Wood
Tues 13th June
Meet the Neighbours - Woodland insects Learn how to catch and identify beetles, grasshoppers, bees and other insects of woodland rides and glades - with naturalist John Walters
10am to 2.30pm at Young Wood
Wed 5th July
Meet the Neighbours - Trees and Plants
Help us find and document the many different types of trees and flowering plants in our diverse woodland
10am to 3pm at Young Wood
Wed 19th July
Meet the Neighbours - Spiders
An introduction to the fascinating world of spiders, with local naturalist Vernon Whitlock. We will catch some spiders on our woodland rides and glades, identify them and learn a little about their lives
10am to 1pm at Young Wood
Each safari is led by an expert on the wildlife group in question - but we're looking for more expertise! If you know your birds, insects or plants and would like to help, please get in touch!
Working with well-known local public artist Michael Fairfax, we are building a unique series of 'libraries' or 'collection shrines', using green wood, in which to record the names of the species we discover, and to collect evidence of some of them - chewed nuts, pellets, bones, feather and more.
Our volunteer days offer a chance to be part of this building process.