The Wild Watch
2019 is the final year of a three year Heritage Lottery Funded residency in Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, part of the AONB’s Wild Watch programme www.nidderdaleaonb.org.uk/wild-watch. Data is being gathered on 50 species of national and international conservation concern by a combination of professional ecologists, by a Citizen Science campaign aimed at members of the public and by local people. The data will be used to create species action plans that can be implemented in conjunction with farmers and landowners. Planet Birdsong is working with schools, community organizations, conservation volunteers, farmers and gamekeepers to raise and share consciousness and understanding of bird songs and calls in Nidderdale. We are conducting trials of three computer games by Isak Herman which will be customised to enhance knowledge different species sets for different groups-garden birds for the schools, and species of conservation concern for the volunteers. We are creating a game classifying all of the different curlew songs and calls, calling on the expertise of land managers and gamekeepers who are in daily contact with the species. We hope to repeat this process with other wader species, filling a gap in knowledge, and helping with conservation and public engagement with these vulnerable species.
Click here https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Uvwg6tm3OXA to watch a trailer for a film about the project, which was premiered at New Networks for Nature in York on October 31st 2019. A link to the complete film will be posted here soon.
Here are some highlights of the residency so far: