Hibernaculum Hotel


The Friends of Parkinson’s Park exists as a vehicle for local people to improve the Park in a way they see as relevant – within the bounds of the aim of a landscape park, the overall landscape plan, and the owners’ permission.   Local people have many and varied skills and we want the Park to be a means for them to use their own particular skills to build a community asset.

We were therefore more than delighted when Rob Turner, a student conservationist, approached us to ask if he could build a hibernaculum (a shelter or hotel for hibernating animals) in the top copse, and turn the area inside the hedge into a wildlife sanctuary.   We had already got the copses earmarked for wildlife, but it seemed better to do that in a managed way, rather than in a ‘just leave it’ fashion.  The other advantage is that the area can then be used for education on conservation.

So, Rob, together with Andy Cheetham, Darren Shepherd and Josie Brooks – our wildlife/ecology/conservation team – will be starting the project by clearing the area, and  building a hibernaculum, or even hibernacula for different types of animals eg insects, reptiles.   If any other of the Friends would like to volunteer to join them,  they will be starting at 10am – 12noon on Saturday 14th July, meet at the top copse.  


About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Vice Chairlady of Friends of Parkinson's Park, and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Day job - is a Business Analyst running Mutual Marketing, a customer service research, training and advisory business.
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