Wild Wintringham: Discovering local wildlife


Over the last year, there has been a surge of interest in nature and wildlife in the local area. To help explore the network of green spaces, ponds and other natural habitats at Wintringham, naturalist and TV presenter Mike Dilger hosted a series of ‘Wild Wintringham’ activities to introduce residents to the abundance of wildlife on their doorstep.

Families on the morning session were delighted to find a grass snake as well as moths of all shapes and sizes, whilst the pond dippers discovered an interesting selection of water stick insects, pond skaters and newts. The bats were more elusive, but a couple were spotted later in the evening.

Thanks to everyone who took part for putting the ‘wild’ into the Wintringham. The day was blessed with the most wonderful weather as residents came out in their throngs for a spot of snake wrangling, moth trapping, pond-dipping, bug-spotting and bat watching. Keen to see the wildlife thriving just beyond their doorstep, attendances were really impressive for every event, and I trust everyone from eight months to eighty years old went away having gained a deeper appreciation of the power of nature to excite and inspire.”