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WILDLIFE FROM YOUR DOORSTEP CHALLENGE JANUARY 2014

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 25, 2013

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THE Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership's 'Wildlife From Your Doorstep' project is challenging people who live in and around the Churnet Valley and Weaver Hills area to spot as many species of bird and mammal as possible by walking from their own house or place of work during the month of January.

Wendy Birks, Wildlife From Your Doorstep co-ordinator said: "January is a month when people often feel they should start a new fitness regime, so our competition combines exercise with the reward of seeing wildlife."

"There are no prizes for this competition.

"However, people who take part should find it interesting and they will have the satisfaction of knowing that the results of their efforts will add to the understanding of what wildlife is living in the valley."

"This would be great project for families who want to get into the fresh air and, hopefully learn about what wildlife lives near their home. Last year I set this challenge for myself and I spotted 69 different species of bird and walked a hundred miles."

The rules are that your only mode of transport is walking - use mobility aids if necessary - and you must start from your house, or if you want to do this in your lunch break, from your place of work. Keep a record of what birds or animals you see - not farm or domestic animals - and where you saw them.

Send these long with your name and postcode to wendy.birks@gmail.com You can also use this email address for questions and help with identifying species.

The co-ordinators will produce a league table of results on their blog at http://wildlifefromyourdoorstep.blogspot.co.uk/p/welcome.html so that everyone can see what animals were seen where.

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