Record species find at reserve

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MORE than 700 people joined scientists and RSPB staff and volunteers to help find and record as many different species of wildlife as possible in just 48 hours at a South Yorkshire nature reserve.

RSPB Old Moor, near Barnsley, hoped to set a record by finding more than 1,000 species during the event, attended by enthusiasts from Sorby Natural History Society and Barnsley Biodiversity Trust, with support from the British Ecological Society.

Some 760 species were recorded, which included 106 birds, 23 mammals and 320 species of plant.

Discoveries included a baird’s sandpiper, a rare wading bird normally found in the United States, a caddis fly that is the first recorded in Yorkshire and a colony of harvestman spiders.