Volunteers sought for blitz at award winning Whitley Bay wildlife site

Residents are being invited to help an award-winning space look its best.

Wednesday, 25th July 2018, 1:13 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th July 2018, 1:17 pm
Volunteers taking part in the Friends of Brierdene's bioblitz in 2017.

The Friends of Brierdene are holding their annual Bioblitz at the wildlife site, which stretches from The Links to Whitley Bay Golf Club.

It will take place on Saturday, from 10am to 3pm, and everyone is welcome.

Participants should meet at the Scout Hut for a briefing. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Volunteer co-ordinator Steve Stone said: “It will be a fascinating family event and an opportunity to get closer to nature.

“To date we have identified and recorded 995 species that grow, fly, walk, crawl or swim. We’re hoping to reach 1,000 species during this Bioblitz.”

The blitz comes on the back of the Friends of Brierdene receiving a Green Flag award for their work.

Peter Brown, Friends of Brierdene chairman, said: “We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining the Brierdene to such a high standard.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “This honours the volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

The Green Flag assessor made reference to the excellent conservation of biodiversity and commended the Friends of Brierdene for their work recording and understanding the flora and fauna on site.