Hot on the trail of assorted species

Melisa Bacakoglu (left) and Emily Aspinall, both eight, hunting bugs.
Melisa Bacakoglu (left) and Emily Aspinall, both eight, hunting bugs.
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CONSERVATIONISTS carrying out an in-depth survey have uncovered hundreds of species in Fylde coast fields.

The North Blackpool Pond Trail conducted numerous surveys at Carleton Crematorium and Linden Pond, Bispham, in the hope of finding mini beasts, mammals, birds, plants and pond life.

Surveys took place every hour from 9am during the Bioblitz day, which saw families and people of all ages taking part in wet and windy conditions.

Pauline Taylor, North Blackpool Pond Trail officer, said: “We may have had a soggy day.

“But the people who braved it all and came to do some surveying had a fantastic time, and we all learnt something new.”

The day began at 5am in Carleton Crematorium looking at a moth trap, and continued with bird watching exercises, and ended with a bat watch at 11pm.

Blackpool councillor Kath Rowson lives on the trail and took part in the day.

She said: “It’s very important we continue to do this.

“We are so fortunate to have something like this right on our doorstep.

“We had some very willing volunteers who got soaked but stayed the day to help out.

“Unfortunately species are becoming rare and we need to keep a check on what’s out there.

“I found the day very enjoyable and, even though I’m not an expert, it’s interesting to find out about what’s out there.”

The North Blackpool Pond Trail was set up to encourage people to access nature within their communities and runs from Kincraig Lake, Bispham, to the reedbed off Holyoake Avenue, South Shore.

Anyone who would like to take part in projects can contact Pauline Taylor on (01253) 622222.