We are delighted to share the results of the first ever Great Yorkshire Creature Count!
On the 20th and 21st June 2020, people from all over Yorkshire counted the wildlife on their doorsteps; out of their windows, and in their gardens, window boxes and yards. Stones were turned over, ponds were investigated, and flowerbeds and lawns were explored as participants in the first Great Yorkshire Creature Count discovered the often overlooked flora and fauna that shares our residential spaces.
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Our wildlife needs your help
Gardens make up more of the UK’s green space than all nature reserves combined so it’s no surprise that we found 2% of the UK’s 70,000 species on Yorkshire doorsteps in just one 24 hour period. This shows just how vital our own outside spaces are for wildlife and why we must make the places people inhabit much more wild so that wildlife can recover.
Shockingly, it is now believed that 15% of species are at risk of extinction in the UK, even once common species like hedgehogs and butterflies are rapidly declining. This year, Covid-19 has delayed wildlife’s recovery, as much of our vital spring work was forced to pause. We’re now racing against the clock to make up for this lost time, and we’ve launched our Wildlife Recovery Fund so that 2020 does not become a lost year for Yorkshire’s wildlife.