SPEND a weekend on the wild side and discover amazing wildlife living in Stroud’s unique nature reserve later this month.

Over the weekend of June 23 and 24 visitors may get to see common lizards, pyramidal orchids, slow worms or marbled white butterflies which are all known to frequently found at the beauty spot.

Mike Dando, Stroud Town Council green spaces manager, said: "It’s rare to have such a wonderful haven for wildlife in this urban setting, there’s a wide array of species living amongst the gravestones, not to mention the stunning views."

The weekend will enable the green spaces team to update the register of species for the site, which will help them to make future plans.

"It’s been 15 years since the list has been updated, so people can come and learn from wildlife experts who will be on the site recording everything from grasses to butterflies to reptiles," added Mike.

During what has become known as the BioBlitz people will be able to help record species and enjoy short guided walks.

Participants will aim is to record upwards of 300 species over the 30-hour period.

The BioBlitz runs on Saturday, June 23 from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday, June 24 from 10am to 3pm at the Old Cemetery in Bisley Road.

There are tarmac paths on the sloped site, with uneven ground elsewhere, so visitors are asked to wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather and terrain.

No dogs are allowed.