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Citizen Science for Families at Chopwell Wood

Budding Chris Packhams and Michaela Strachans now have the chance to realise their dreams at Chopwell Wood this year thanks to a new ‘Citizen Science’ project. 

Groundwork North East and the Friends of Chopwell Wood are running FREE weekend sessions every other month between March and January.  These are open to families and will help children and their parents make a contribution to conserving our natural environment.  The groups' second session will take place on Saturday 27th May and will be surveying the health of the woodland's trees. 

Each session will involve taking part in a national survey to record things such as butterfly numbers, identifying minibeasts and helping with the Big Garden Birdwatch all in the woodland.  After the survey, families will be shown how to make their own gardens and homes more wildlife friendly with activities such as making bug hotels and frog abodes, planting nectar rich seeds and flowers and making feeders for birds and hedgehogs.

Joanne Norman, Senior Project Officer at Groundwork said “This is a great way for children and their parents to spend some quality time outdoors together whilst also doing their bit for the environment.  The surveys families will take part in provide vital information which contributes massively to the way nature is preserved in this country’.

Any families wishing to join in the activities are asked to park at the woodlands main car park and follow RVP1 signs to the Forest Classroom where sessions start at 10am.  Sessions finish at 11.30am.  The attached flyer outlines all dates of sessions.

This project is funded by the supermarket chain Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme where money raised from the 5p charge on carrier bags is used to help communities across the country participate in the development and use of open spaces.

For more information contact Joanne Norman at Groundwork North East on 01207 524 803 or email joanne.norman@groundwork.org.uk.  Information on dates for subsequent sessions can also be found at the Friends of Chopwell Wood website www.friendsofchopwellwood.org.uk

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