Take part in a Bioblitz event at our places

A group of 12 children and parents plus one of our Rangers go bug searching on St Helens Duver

Interactive wildlife surveys at our places are helping us find the best ways to manage conservation across the land you help us to care for.

What is a Bioblitz?

These fun interactive surveys, held over 12 or 24 hours, help us to understand more about wildlife so we can better protect it in the future.

Every discovery made during a Bioblitz is recorded and submitted to local wildlife record centres and the National Biodiversity Network.  All the information found helps to shed light on how wildlife on our land and along the coast is changing and how best to protect it.

What’s happened so far?

In our 2015 surveys we counted 3,401 species and with your help collected 22,317 wildlife records.

Between May and August 2016 we held 14 events across the UK at Killerton, Speke Hall, Allen Banks Woodland, Newtown National Nature Reserve on the Isle of Wight, Morden Hall Park, The Leas and Whitburn Coastal Park, Lundy Bay in Cornwall, Sheffield Park, Dyrham Park, Murlough Northern Ireland, Hardy’s Cottage, Bossington, Cwrt Gwynedd and Dunstable Downs.

Numbers are still coming in from those events and we’ll be updating you on those later in the year.  In the meantime here's a few headlines:

  • 120 people helped to smash our target of 200 species at Killerton in Devon and recorded 375 species in just 12 hours, including an unexpected recording of a great-crested grebe.  Family activities included bug hunting and worm charming.
  • At Porlock Marsh, in an event organised as part of the Porlock Marsh Vision project, over 400 different species were identified, including birds, butterflies, moths, bats, plants, insects, mammals and lichens, demonstrating just how biodiverse the marsh and surrounding areas are.
  • At Lundy Bay 130 people of all ages identified an amazing 660 different species.  
  • Around 400 people joined in the counting at Morden Hall Park in London. An evening bat walk and dipping the River Wandle for invertebrates were especially popular.

How can you get involved?

Anyone can take part in a Bioblitz and nature experts are on hand at our specially organised events to help you find and record wildlife in lots of special places, including rockpools, sand dunes, woodland and heathland around the coast.  

We'll be posting details about our 2017 events at the end of this year.

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