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Wildest Hide & Seek

…help the WWT track local wildlife

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is asking people across the UK to help with their ‘Wildest Hide & Seek’ study, which is looking at the effects wetlands may have on the range of wildlife found nearby.

In true ‘Hide & Seek’ fashion, participants will need to spend some time hiding quietly in their garden or nearest open space, followed by a few minutes of seeking and recording the wildlife they see.

The UK-wide study is investigating whether having a pond or other wetland in gardens, local parks, school grounds and allotments affects the range of animals found there. The survey takes place between Friday 21st and Monday 31st May and marks the International Year of Biodiversity.

As a big ‘Thank You’, those who take part will also receive a 2 for 1 voucher for entry to their local WWT centre.Martin Spray, CEO of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, explains: “We’re asking people to spend one hour looking for fourteen species such as hedgehogs, foxes, kingfishers, frogs and dragonflies which will give us a guide to the health of wildlife habitats. Some animals might be spotted relatively easily, however some may hide under rocks or logs so we do encourage people to be inquisitive!

The feedback will help to paint a picture of what habitats are like across the country and will be very useful to our research work as well as the work we do to protect wetlands and wildlife worldwide.”

The UK’s Wildest Hide & Seek is part of WWT’s ongoing work on wetlands and water management in the UK.

To find out more about how to take part, and to download a survey guide: http://bit.ly/wwt_hideandseek
(Or copies can be picked up at local Wetland centres)There is a 2 for 1 voucher for those who'd like to take part in the survey, see: http://bit.ly/hideandseek241

4th July 2014