Bugs and beasts on pond fun trail

Father and son Neil and Tom Parkinson examine their findings at the Bioblitz

Father and son Neil and Tom Parkinson examine their findings at the Bioblitz

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Bugs, birds and beasts were all spotted on a fun-filled day across the North Blackpool pond trail.

Dozens of volunteers took to the trail in Bispham for the so-called Bioblitz, a project to help identify wildlife on the Fylde coast. The scheme, which is now in its second year, is run by environmental regeneration charity Groundwork.

Adrian Blundell, from Groundwork’s Lancashire West and Wigan branch, said: “It gives you an idea of what we’ve got on the ground and the opportunity to get specialists involved, because a lot of people just come as volunteers. It means you can find out what you’ve actually got in the area.”

Leading specialists on worms, spiders and other types of creature joined the hunt to document the trail’s wildlife. Around 500 species were found throughout Saturday’s event, around 200 more than had been spotted the previous year.

Mr Blundell added: “The volunteers always enjoy themselves. It’s about looking at getting people involved in their local environment.”