Woburn Safari Park 'Grabs That Gap'
Animal Encounters staff and volunteers from Moulton College have been busy sowing seeds over the past few weeks, as part of a campaign to highlight the importance of habitats for the wildlife living on our doorsteps.
Grab That Gap
BIAZA's campaign is called 'Grab That Gap' and collections are being encouraged to create a mini-meadow for visitors and insects to enjoy out of any unused space.
The intiative, which is being run by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) in partnership with Flora Locale, aims to highlight the value that even very small pockets of habitat has for wildlife, and encourages visitors to plant up their own spaces to support our native species.
Hayley Potter, Head of Conservation and Team Leader of Animal Encounters, said: "We are excited to get involved with this fantastic BIAZA campaign, which we hope will welcome lots more insect species into the Park. Species of plant were carefully chosen to attract endangered native species such as bumblebees.
"I'm really impressed by the hard work of the students at Moulton College in converting this unloved space into a wildlife haven. So many native invertebrates are suffering a massive national decline and it's important that areas are created as a much needed food source for the insects."
The section in Animal Encounters can be found just before the walkway down to Sea Lion Cove, by the Mammoth Play Ark. If you're visiting, please stop by and see if you can spot any insects making their home there. In August, the Park will be hosting a Big Bug Bonanza event 'Bugs In Your Backyard' (7th-14th August), where visitors can come along and help keepers identify the species that will have moved in.
BIAZA's Director, Dr Kirsten Pullen, said: "Our Grab That Gap campaign highlights the important role our zoos play at national level. Whilst zoos and aquariums are known to support conservation projects for exotic animals overseas, it is not widely known that they also play a vital role in supporting our local wildlife. Over the nextr few weeks, our members will plant up a small, unused space on their site and sow wildflower seeds as part of a wider effort to continuously improve management of our sites for native species."
For more information on Grab That Gap and BIAZA's other campaigns, please click here.