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Big Forest Find
18th May at Haldon Forest Park
Forestry Commission are running an event called the Big Forest Find, and it is one of many such events taking place across the country this year as part of the Forestry Commission’s centenary celebrations. The aim of the Big Forest Find is to encourage members of the public, both seasoned naturalists and budding wildlife enthusiasts, to get out into the forest and record their wildlife observations. We are encouraging visitors to do this using the free iNaturalist app on their mobile phones, though paper recording sheets will also be available on the day. All the data we collect through this project will help to provide a better picture of the biodiversity found on the public forest estate, and will enable us to better manage our forests for wildlife in the future. Due to the scale of the Big Forest Find across the country, it is England’s largest survey of forest wildlife.
At Haldon on the 18th we are running a programme of free guided walks in the forest, which will focus on a range of wildlife including birds, bats, butterflies, plants and reptiles. The walks will be led by local experts and Forestry England staff, and they will provide the opportunity to learn more about the wildlife found in the forest, improve identification skills and contribute observation records to a national dataset.
All the walks we have available are listed on the Haldon events page here: https://www.forestryengland.uk/haldon-forest-park/venue/events-haldon-forest-park
All walks are free, though booking is required (contact details on the webpages for each walk). We will also be running a moth identification session during the morning, where we will look at moths caught live overnight in our moth traps, with experts on hand to help with identification.