Win medals for wildlife spotting in Lathkill Dale

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Families and others looking for a ‘wild challenge’ are invited to Lathkill Dale National Nature Reserve (NNR) near Bakewell for a special species spotting day to tie in with the Olympics.

The ‘Meet the Species Medal Challenge’, on Wednesday August 8, will ask people to see how many different kinds of plants and animals they can spot, with medals being awarded according to the number found.

The day is one of five ‘Wild Wednesdays’ being run by Natural England at Lathkilldale over the school Summer holidays and also part of ‘Meet the Species’, a national project linked to the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad that invites people to get involved in the identification and surveying of plants and animals.

Natural England’s Community Outreach Adviser for Derbyshire Dales NNR, Paul Maddox, said: ‘I’m excited to see how many different species we will find in what we already know to be an extremely wildlife-rich part of the Peak District.

“Finding 20 different species which is enough to win a bronze medal should be within the reach of almost everyone and many should be able to spot enough to win a silver or even a gold medal. I fully expect our medal making machine to be hard at work!”

The day will run from 11am to 4pm, with families and others welcome to drop in at any time for as long as they want.

There is no charge to take part and no booking is required although children must be accompanied by an adult. Further information on this and other ‘Wild Wednesdays’ can be obtained by visiting the East Midlands events page on www.naturalengland.org.uk.