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

Director and Vice Chair of Friends of Parkinson's Park CIC, Chair of Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Now retired after a career as a Business Analyst and Advisor.
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