The New Ecologist Wildlife Training programme continues to go from success, with over 18 training sessions delivered in just over 6 months. One such course was a
a Wild flower identification workshop led by the Exmoor National Park’s Conservation Officers (Wildlife) at Simonsbath Sawmill. Wild flower surveying is important as they are an crucial part of the ecosystem with many different species of mammal, birds and insects relying on them.
Bea, Conservation Officers (Wildlife) commented “We were blessed with fine weather and keen volunteers. There is a wonderful variety of species around Simonsbath that can be enjoyed though the summer months”.
The sessions started with an introduction on how to identify some of the species of wild flowers, including the wild strawberry and the tormentil that is found on Exmoor. The volunteers then got the chance to test their skills in the habitat.
Ruth, a volunteer for the Exmoor Natural History Society highlighted how the course was “ A great opportunity to increase your identification skills. As a member of the Natural History Society I was pleased to take part on this training day”.
The Wild flower identification training day was a free training day that was part of Exmoor Wild Watch 2014, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Exmoor Trust and Exmoor National Park though the Heart of Exmoor. For more information on future training days visit the website at: http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/communities/get-involved or to see Simonsbath wildflowers at first hand with local experts come along to Bogtastic on August 17th in Simonsbath.