The Great Yorkshire Creature Count is back!

by Editorial Team

Are you ready to discover the wildlife on your doorstep?

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Great Yorkshire Creature Count is back for its third year and sign up is open now for you to get involved in our region’s very own doorstep safari.

It’s fun and easy to do, and everyone can take part. From midday Saturday 18 June until midday Sunday 19 June, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is asking Yorkshire folk to spot, count and record the creatures in their outdoor spaces – starting with its checklist of 30 creatures great and small.

You’ll be given everything you need and you’ll be helping the Trust to support, protect and enhance Yorkshire’s wildlife.

Rachael Bice, chief executive at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, said:

“The Great Yorkshire Creature Count is getting bigger and better each year, and anyone can join in. Every single garden, yard, window box and scrubby patch of grass harbours wildlife  – you’ll be surprised by what you see when you start looking. Last year, more than 4,200 people headed outside to stealthily spot, count and record wildlife, and reported nearly 15,000 Yorkshire creatures!”

Blackbird, woodpigeon and house sparrow were the top three most-recorded species on last year’s Creature Count, with robin (5th), starling (7th), blue tit (8th) and dunnock (10th) joining them in the top ten. Garden snail (4th), buff-tailed bumblebee (6th) and honey bee (9th) represented the invertebrates among the most-recorded creatures.

Taking part in the Great Yorkshire Creature Count is good for nature and spending time in nature is great for mental health and wellbeing. By noticing and recording the wildlife where you live you’re helping nature too.

Dr Amir Khan, Vice President of The Wildlife Trusts and Bradford GP said:

“I love a challenge and the Great Yorkshire Creature Count will be great fun – everyone can take part. Our outdoor spaces are a lifeline for wildlife and also vital for improving our own health and wellbeing. By noticing and recording the wildlife where you live you will be helping nature and our vision of creating a wilder Yorkshire.”

There are more gardens than nature reserves in the UK and they provide crucial corridors, nesting areas and places to shelter for many of our much-loved creatures. But nature needs us. With their habitats destroyed and the pressures of the climate emergency increasing, even our once-widespread creatures such as the common frog or the garden bumblebee are declining.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has a vision of a wilder Yorkshire where our towns, cities and countryside are connected and rich in wildlife. It is challenging its supporters to find out more about how many different creatures are making themselves at home, how to protect them, and how wildlife-friendly our gardens are.

Sign up and get your downloadable checklist, tips and advice at https://www.ywt.org.uk/great-yorkshire-creature-count and follow the action at #CreatureCount

The Great Yorkshire Creature Count takes place during 30 Days Wild – the inspiration for 30 species! Every year The Wildlife Trusts invite people to do one wild act every single day during the month of June, with the aim of bringing people closer to nature. Everyone who signs up to do the 30 Days Wild challenge receives a free pack full of inspiration guiding supporters through the month.

Last year a record 760,000 took part in 30 Days Wild, including 50,000 people across Yorkshire. UK supporters completed over 16 million acts of wildness; the most popular activities were wildlife-watching, eating outdoors, planting wildflower seeds and listening to birdsong.  

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