Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is well known for its interesting sculptures by famous artists but this spring visitors are being invited to discover a wilder side to the Park.
Families visiting the Park on 1 & 2 March 2014 can experience a Wild Weekend, packed with exciting activities such as a Wild tour, mini beast hunt, craft sessions and two new bird and bug inspired exhibitions, Asha Munn: Fly Away Home and Jordan McKenzie: Carl An(t)dre + LeWitt Lean.
Janette Robinson, YSP’s Head of Learning, said: “YSP Wild is a fun and fascinating way to find out about the different wildlife in our local countryside. We’re showing people four different habitats at YSP (parkland, lakes, woodland and wood-pasture), the variety of animals and plants that can be found in these environments, and the endless creative activities they can inspire.
“The Wild Weekend encompasses all of this in two days and is a great chance to see the kind of Wild things that will be going on at the Park over the coming months.”
YSP are working closely with the RSPB and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to offer entertaining and educational events for YSP Wild. Find out how to identify some of Britain’s feathered friends by their birdsong in an early morning visit to YSP, on 6 April 2014, for the RSPB Dawn Chorus Walk and enjoy a spot of heron watching with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust on 11 May.
Jo Keene, Senior People Engagement Officer at the RSPB, said: “We have worked with YSP for a number of years now, so it’s great to be able to continue and expand this through YSP Wild. The Park has an abundance of wildlife living within it, including many well-loved species like kingfishers, thrushes and frogs. This makes it a wonderful place to find out more about the wildlife that we share our landscape with.”
The launch of YSP Wild complements extensive restoration and enhancement work to the Park’s historic landscape – including 85 acres of woodland around two large designed lakes – which began in 2010 and opened to the public in 2011. The projects will ensure that these special areas, and the wildlife that live within them, are preserved for future generations, giving visitors the chance to explore the ecology and nature of the Park.
Linda Gomila, Membership Officer for West Yorkshire at The Co-operative, which is sponsoring YSP Wild, added: “We are delighted to support this initiative and encourage people of all ages to enjoy the great outdoors. It’s a great way to engage in varied activities and learn more about the wonderful wildlife, flora and fauna, which is right on your doorstep at YSP.”
For more information about YSP Wild visit ysp.co.uk/wild