Almost 2,000 people from the county have signed up for 30 Days Wild and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is calling on people of all ages to become wildlife detectives to celebrate the Big Wild Weekend.
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is holding a Big Weekend Wildlife Watch during the weekend and is asking people to head into their gardens, local green spaces, parks or nature reserves to look out for 30 key species across Staffordshire to help survey the state of the county's wildlife.
Through the weekend, the Trust wants people to record sightings of species, the likes of bees, hedgehogs and woodland birds, to paint a picture and analyse the state of Staffordshire’s wildlife. Those who sign up will be sent a special guide on what to look out for and how to send in their sightings.
The survey was created as part of The Wildlife Trust’s Wilder Future campaign which highlights how nature is in trouble and needs our help.
The Trust also has other events planned to celebrate, including Father's Day Wildfamilies at the Wolseley Centre on 16th June (1.30pm-3.30pm), Weekend Wildlings at Wolseley on 16th June (10.30am-12pm) and various drop in sessions throughout the day. There will also be Big Wild Weekend events at Westport Lake Visitor Centre and The Roaches.
Lauren Penny, Senior Marketing Officer from the charity, said: “For the Big Wild Weekend, in Staffordshire, we are encouraging people to head outside and get involved in our exciting Big Weekend Wildlife Watch survey.
“You will have seen from our recent Wilder Future campaign that nature is in trouble and needs our help. Many species are threatened and we need to act to put nature into recovery before it is too late.
“By recording species for our Big Weekend Wildlife Watch you will be helping us analyse the state of Staffordshire's wildlife. Once numbers have been collated, we can start to see which species aren't doing so well and therefore make extra efforts to help these species.
“We have chosen 30 species but if people see other wildlife not listed, we’d also be interested in those records too.”
Anyone interested in signing up to the Trust’s Big Wild Weekend Watch can do so by signing up at https://www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/BWWW
To check out and book onto events head to www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/Whats-On