Go for gold in nature hunt

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AN OLYMPIC-THEMED nature hunt is asking residents to help break new ground.

Breckland Council is taking part in the Meet the Species project which is looking to find and record 2,012 different species in the Olympic year.

Information collected in the events will be shared with scientists and used to protect species and conserve habitats into the future.

The project needs amateur spotters’ help in hunting down wildlife.

Breckland councillor Lynda Turner said: “Breckland’s Meet the Species events show you don’t have to be sporty to be part of the biggest event of 2012.

“We’re looking forward to getting out there and looking for wildlife, and who knows we might find something rare and interesting that gets us into the wilidlife record books.”

Three events will be held in the Thetford area.

The RSPB will be searching for birds and wildlife on April 25 and May 12 at Lynford and Santon Downham.

At Thetford on May 20, a hunt for minibeasts, the Stone Curlew and more will be held.

For more information go to www.breckland.gov.uk