TV presenter Andy Day to judge BS3 wildlife contest
Join in with My Wild Bedminster as we celebrate the wildlife we have in BS3, and work out how to improve our natural habitats
Picture: a fox sighted in Windmill Hill by Voice reader Olly Glover
• Meet the Voice's wildlife expert Alex Morss at the Wild Outdoors Day, Windmill Hill City Farm, 11am-1pm, Saturday May 12
MY WILD BEDMINSTER - WILDLIFE CHALLENGE
Welcome to all nature lovers of South Bristol. You are invited to join in with 2017's biggest, easiest and most fun community wildlife project for all residents, schools, community groups and visitors here in BS3.
If you live, work in, or visit the BS3 postcode areas of south Bristol, we are inviting you to go on a wild adventure in your local green space, send us your records - and have fun taking part in our wildlife art and photography challenge.
We are interested in all wildlife sightings in Bedminster, Ashton, Southville, Windmill Hill, Victoria Park elsewhere in BS3.
Our aim is it find, identify and celebrate all our wildlife, and, whilst out on our urban safari, look closely at our local patch, think about how we can improve habitat areas to welcome and support better biodiversity. We are visiting schools to give advice. More fun ideas and links for getting involved are given below.
Picture: Children find out about hawk morths. Picture: Kate Merry
DIFFERENT WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
* iSPOT: Take photos of any species found in BS3 and share them on our free My Wild Bedminster iSpot page using the website or phone app, where experts will help you identify anything www.ispotnature.org/projects/my-wild-bedminster-alexmorss Simply upload your photos with a date, your name and the location of the sighting (i.e. which green space or road name). Do not worry if you are not sure of the identification - we will help with that. You will be able to see everyone else's sightings on here too, and compare wild discoveries from other neighbourhoods with your own. You can also comment or have a go at identifying any of the species photographed, if you wish.
* FACEBOOK: post your sightings on the South Bristol Voice Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/southbristolvoice/
* SEND RECORDS:
If you prefer to just send a list of wildlife records, without photos, please email the records (including who, what, where and when it was seen) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
* CHILDREN’S ART COMPETITION
All children (under 16s) are invited to send their artwork of wildlife they have found in BS3 to us at the address below. Perhaps something you find in your garden, park, alley, school, allotment or church yard for example. Tell us where you found the plant or animal and include any interesting information about your chosen species too, if you wish. Children's wildlife TV presenter Andy Day will be helping to judge the winners. There are prizes and a chance to have your work shown at a public exhibition later this year.
* PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
Our monthly wildlife photography competition is open to all ages - not including professional photographers - inviting you to share your wildlife photos captured in BS3.
There are prizes for the best entries and some will feature each month in South Bristol Voice. Both competitions end on Sept 30, 2017.
HOW TO ENTER
Just send your artwork or photographs of the wildlife you spot on your wild adventures anywhere in BS3 to:
email@example.com or by post to: South Bristol Voice, 18 Lilymead Ave, Bristol, BS4 2BX.
WHY ARE YOUR WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS IMPORTANT?
As highlighted by Sir David Attenborough and the authors of the State of Nature Report 2016, urban wildlife populations have suffered serious declines. Bedminster appears to be particularly poor for wildlife, yet we can choose to change this. Therefore it is important now, more than ever, to find out what wildlife we have living locally, and then to do whatever we can to support those populations.
SOME FUN WILDLIFE PROJECTS YOU CAN JOIN
* JOIN WILDLIFE RECORDING GROUPS
Several charities would like your wildlife records to help with science and conservation. Most offer excellent online advice and resources. Check out:
* KIDS’ FUN WITH CATERPILLARS http://munchingcaterpillars.org/
* BUTTERFLY RECORDING FOR ALL AGES
* MAP YOUR HEDGEHOG! www.hedgehogstreet.org/
* GO BATTY - www.bats.org.uk/
* GARDENING TIPS FOR POLLINATORS: www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/getbristolbuzzing
* GARDEN BIRDWATCH - www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/gbw
* VOLUNTEER - www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/volunteer
* HELP MONITOR WILDFLOWERS - www.npms.org.uk/
And finally ...
• HOW GREEN IS MY ALLEY is a fun recording activity pack designed for Bristol residents; you can download it from www.brerc.org.uk/downloads/HGIMA_print.pdf