Bio blitz family fun day at Alderman Kneeshaw Park

On Friday 12 August, the Friends of Alderman Kneeshaw Park will welcome families onto the park grounds for a day of fun and fact finding.

Wendy Gregory (FoAK), Debbie Morrell (FoAK), Phill Robinson (The Deep), Robin Sanders (NEYEDC) and Andy Steele (YWT)

Efforts to improve the park’s biodiversity started in February this year when visitors to the park helped plant 80+ Alder Buckthorn saplings to attract brimstone butterflies. Now the Friends want to learn whether these efforts have succeeded and have joined with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to learn more about the park and its habitats.

This new partnership will focus on improving the biodiversity of the park and engaging visitors with it varied habitats and wildlife. To launch this partnership, the Friends are holding a bio blitz in the park on Friday 12 August from 11am to 3:30pm.

This day of family fun and active wildlife data collection is being supported by a range of organisations and individuals, including The Deep, Child Dynamix, Scrapstore, NEYEDC, Rewilding Youth, the artist Linda King, bird and bat experts Andy Gibson and Helen Norford of YWT, and Raise the Roof, to name just a few. As with previous events, the Friends will also be providing 350 free lunch packs for under 16s who join them on the day.

It’s going to be a fantastic event, as the park is almost 17 acres and bordered on one side by the “drain”. There will be walks with species experts to identify different forms of wildlife; activities designed by young people from Child Dynamix; a procession led by Linda King; willow weaving with solstice celebrant and Pickering Road Community Orchard leader Rosie Ireson; drumming in a drum circle; football for all; and puppets from the Iota Studios, plus much more.

Alderman Kneeshaw Park, Valiant Drive, Hull, HU9 4DZ