Nottingham ParkLives Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga group tried something a bit different in Highfields Park, helping out with the annual rounding of the geese.

Every year the Canada Geese on Highfields Boating Lake, which ParkLives use for their SUP Yoga sessions, are ringed and DNA swabbed. The data collected from this is used to check the development of the geese and for research projects at the University of Nottingham.

Treswell Wood Bird Ringing Group were intrigued by the latest yogi visitors to the lake and asked the ParkLives team to help support their goose round-up. The team jumped at the chance of helping out, but they didn’t stop there. They created “The Great BIG Yoga Clean Up” event, spending a day on the lake and in the park, giving back to the local environment and enjoying some brilliant ParkLives SUP Yoga sessions.

Birthday celebrations

The event coincided with Sup Yoga and Fitness’ 2nd birthday, so the adventurous yogis donned birthday hats and started the day by gently herding the geese off the lake with their paddle boards. The group then helped to collect data from the geese and picked litter in the park and on the lake. There was also a locally organised wildlife walk to learn more about the wildlife the paddle boarders share the park with.

It wasn’t all hard work though. The ParkLives team hosted two sunny ‘yoga in the park’ sessions and everyone tucked into a huge shared picnic before taking to the lake for paddling and SUP Yoga. Around 60 people dropped in throughout the day to get involved; from regular faces to lots of new people, ranging from 5 to 65 years!

ParkLives yoga session leader, Cassie Salter, said: “My favourite days are my ParkLives days. We have such an awesome community spirit and sense of adventure down on the lake, and what better way to spend your evening than practicing yoga floating in the sunset? I am so proud to be a part of the ParkLives team and to be able to deliver this wonderful activity.”

Geese galore!

Along with the University of Nottingham and Treswell Wood Bird Ringing Group, the ParkLives team managed to collect data from 99 geese, 50 of which were new birds. There was even an Egyptian goose and a swan. The event was such a success that they’ve been invited to do it all again next year.

Cassie said: “I run SUP Yoga sessions and Yoga in the Park in and around Nottingham and have over 20 sessions a week which are accessible to all, with times and locations varying to suit different life styles. It’s a great way to get fit, socialise and enjoy the great outdoors and its FREE!”

Join Cassie on the lake by booking your free SUP yoga place on the ParkLives website.