An attempt is being made at a Sussex nature reserve to count every creature that makes its home there.
And members of the public are being invited to join in the ‘Big Wild Stocktake’ at the RSPB site at Pulborough Brooks. The stocktake will take place from Saturday (May 24) until Friday May 30.
Organisers want to make a record of everything that flaps, flutters, buzzes, creeps or crawls.
Said a spokesperson: “Pulborough Brooks is playing host to some very special wildlife stars this year; adders are basking in the sunny spots around the trails, the ducks have broods of fluffy ducklings and nightingales sing during the day and night along the hedgerows.”
And RSPB visitor officer Anna Allum said: “There is so much to see, hear and smell as you explore the nature trail, but we want to get people closer still to the wonderful wildlife here.
“We’re looking for people to help us discover the creatures who lurk in the murky depths of our ponds – with the help of a net – and for the mysterious birds and bugs who emerge as the daylight fades and the moonlight shines.”
You can take part in activities, and spot and record all the wildlife throughout the week.
There will be helpers on hand to help find and identify the creatures, and activities include pond dipping, evening walks, and a session for intrepid insect hunters.
Anna added: “Families are very welcome, but anyone can come along and pond-dip even if they don’t have a child in tow.”
The reserve is located off the A283 between Pulborough and Storrington. For further details contact the visitor centre on 01798 875851, or visit www.rspb.org.uk/pulboroughbrooks.