Hardwick Bioblitz

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Come and join our Rangers at Hardwick Hall and be part of our first ever ‘BioBlitz’. We will be discovering, identifying and recording as many plant and animal species as possible in 24 hours.

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 A “BioBlitz” is an outdoor event for everyone, where expert naturalists and members of the public work together to do a fast and intensive survey of all forms of life in a natural space. It's a race to find as many different species of plants, birds, insects, fungi, mammals, fish, and everything else as possible in one day.

Come along from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 29 June and take part in wildlife themed activities for all the family. Or drop by on Friday 28 June at 9:10pm for a Bat and Moth walk with the Derbyshire Bat Group, see below for more info. Whatever your age or knowledge there will be something for everyone to get involved in including pond dipping, fungi walks and bumblebee safaris.

Visit ‘The Hive’ in the Stableyard to discover how you can get involved on the day. There will be a variety of stalls with activities run by a range of wildlife organisations and groups. All activities are free, normal car parking charges apply for non-members. For more information about the event and for directions visit the BioBlitz event page here.

Bug hunting at Hardwick - National Trust / Sarah Mann
Hardwick Bioblitz bug hunting
Bug hunting at Hardwick - National Trust / Sarah Mann

See below our timetable of walks and activities

Sign up on the day at the ‘Hive’, places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

10am. Go on a bumblebee safari with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust *
10.30am. Discover the fungi of Hardwick on a walk with Notts Fungi Group
11am. Explore the Garden on a butterfly walk*
11.30am. Go on a bumblebee safari with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust *
12 noon. Explore the Garden on a butterfly walk*
12.30pm. Join the British Trust for Ornithology on a Garden Birdwatch
1pm. Go on a bumblebee safari with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust *
1.30pm. Explore the Garden on a butterfly walk*
2pm. Discover the fungi of Hardwick on a walk with Notts Fungi Group
2.30pm. Go on a bumblebee safari with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust *
2.45pm. Explore the Garden on a butterfly walk*
3pm. Mammal trap uncover
4.15pm. Total species number announced!

Please note: * events suitable for families

Family focussed activities

Split across the estate there are activities available for all the family. In The ‘Stableyard’ borrow bug hunting equipment, pick up your recording sheet, go exploring and then report back to us what you have found.
At the lower end of Hardwick park and based at the ‘Park Centre’ come and discover what’s lurking within the waters of our ponds. From 10am and 4pm drop in pond dipping is available.

Head out on an adventure in the gardens
A little boy in amongst the sunflowers
Head out on an adventure in the gardens

The bat and moth walk on Friday 28 June

Alongside our day of nature detecting on Saturday, join us on Friday evening for our bats and moths walk. The Derbyshire Bat Group will be leading a walk from the Park Centre on the Hardwick Estate using bat detectors to identify bats and discover more about the species living at Hardwick. This walk will finish in a moth trap to see the variety of moths. The walk is free and will last an hour, 40 places are available. Booking ahead is essential and can be done by calling 01246 850430.

Directions to the Park Centre: from J29 follow the A6175 and take the first left towards Hardwick Hall. Do not take the second turning for the Hall, instead carry on towards Hardwick Inn. Turn left after driving under the bridge.

Our conservation story

Hardwick BioBlitz will help us understand more about the biodiversity of species living at our estate, so that we can work to preserve and improve their habitats for ever. Everything you find during the BioBlitz is written down to make a list of 'species records' which feed into national databases that monitor our wildlife. By taking part you will be making a real difference for nature at Hardwick. This event is part of the Year of Green Action which aims to inspire people to get involved and do things to help wildlife and their environment.