Wicken Fen - 24 Hour Bioblitz

Wicken Fen  - Bug hunter with magnify glass

TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham is coming to Wicken Fen nature reserve, as part of the first independent audit of its kind in the UK. His goal is to highlight the extent to which the nation’s species are under threat.

The 24 hour bioblitz at Wicken Fen will start at 5pm on Saturday 21st July, finishing at 5pm on Sunday 22nd July 2018. On Sunday 22 July Chris Packham will be joining us as one of 48 sites across the country he’ll be stopping off as part of his UK Bioblitz – nature reserves are not enough! campaign. 
 
Chris’s campaign has a serious purpose, as the results of the 2018 audit will be recorded to create a benchmark: this will help measure the rise and fall in numbers of different species on these sites in the future.    
 

He’ll be starting off in the Scottish Highlands on July 14th and from there, over the course of 10 days, he’ll weave his way across the UK, taking in Northern Ireland, Wales and parts of England along the route. All forms of life will be investigated in this snapshot of the country’s wildlife:  from flies to fungi, mammals to moths and birds to butterflies. At each site Chris and the UK Bioblitz team which includes 100’s of experts, young conservationists and film makers and people from all backgrounds and abilities will be helped by species specialists, alongside enthusiastic amateurs, to pinpoint the winners and losers in the battle for Britain’s countryside.   

" I’m doing this because I want to highlight that the UK’s landscape is in big trouble. We should have a far greater expectation of having wildlife around us all of the time but sadly we find ourselves going to nature reserves"
- Chris Packham

The ultimate aim is to celebrate some conservation success stories, but also to highlight some of the challenges.  

 Chris concludes: 
“We treat them like they’re museums and art galleries, we go there, we get fully satisfied there’s lots of life, but on the way home when we’re driving through the countryside there’s nothing left. Some parts of it are absolutely bereft, they’re deserts, and what we want to do is say to people ‘that’s not good enough’. We want wildlife everywhere; nature reserves are not enough”.