BioBlitz at new RSPB reserve

The RSPB is embarking on an exciting new venture with the launch of a new 400-hectare site on the outskirts of Leeds. Specifically designed for both people and wildlife, the new site will open to the public on 25 May 2013.' 'Just outside Leeds, on the banks of the River Aire, St Aidan's ' best described as a nature park ' will be the perfect place for people to get close to nature and relax, unwind or exercise in a stress-free environment. With over 12km of footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths interconnecting through the site, visitors will have an unrivalled opportunity to explore the natural world.' 'Darren Starkey, RSPB site manager for the Aire Valley, said: 'Although the site will be managed for nature conservation ' just like other RSPB sites 'the difference here is that it will also be open for a wide range of activities, from cycling and walking to jogging and horse riding.'
The RSPB is embarking on an exciting new venture with the launch of a new 400-hectare site on the outskirts of Leeds. Specifically designed for both people and wildlife, the new site will open to the public on 25 May 2013.' 'Just outside Leeds, on the banks of the River Aire, St Aidan's ' best described as a nature park ' will be the perfect place for people to get close to nature and relax, unwind or exercise in a stress-free environment. With over 12km of footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths interconnecting through the site, visitors will have an unrivalled opportunity to explore the natural world.' 'Darren Starkey, RSPB site manager for the Aire Valley, said: 'Although the site will be managed for nature conservation ' just like other RSPB sites 'the difference here is that it will also be open for a wide range of activities, from cycling and walking to jogging and horse riding.'

Wildlife enthusiasts and families are being encouraged to take part in the RSPB’s summer BioBlitz at St Aidan’s nature park at Allerton Bywater.

The free event is a family friendly event aimed at discovering and recording as many plants and animals as possible within a set area and time. It runs from 6pm on Friday July 19 to 6pm on Sunday July 21.

The RSPB will be joined by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and other wildlife experts, with a variety of guided walks and family friendly activities aimed at discovering what lives within the 1,000 acre park.

Rob Conn, community ranger, said: “It’s a fun way to learn about and connect with wildlife. We want families to have fun while learning how they can help give nature a home.”