Take part in a Bioblitz event at our places

Family pond-dipping

Fancy yourself as a nature detective? Join in with a Bioblitz event and help us find out about all the weird and wonderful birds, beasties, bugs and plants that make their homes in the places we look after, from coastlines and gardens to fields and forests.

What is a Bioblitz?

Bioblitzes are family-friendly wildlife surveys, where you can drop in for as long as you like to help our team of naturalists and wildlife experts. The aim is to find and name as many different plants and animals as we can within 12 or 24 hours, so every keen set of eyes scouring these habitats is a real help.

Just like a real scientific expedition, everything you find during a Bioblitz will be recorded and passed on to local wildlife databases and the National Biodiversity Network.  All the information gathered also helps us to understand what lives in these special places, so we can better protect it in the future.

A child showing an adult what is in a bug pot

Get involved 

Want to lend a hand? Bioblitz events run across the country from May to October, so grab your binoculars and bug pots and find a Bioblitz or wildlife spotting event near you.

What’s happened so far?

Thousands of volunteers have turned up to help with Bioblitzes in the past - here's just a few of the top facts and figures from previous years: 

  • 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. 
  • Over 400 different species were identified at Porlock Marsh on Exmoor including birds, butterflies, moths, bats, plants, insects, mammals and lichens, demonstrating just how diverse 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, keeping their eyes peeled during an evening bat walk and while dipping the River Wandle for invertebrates.

In 2018 we hope to count even more species – why not come along to see what you can find?