Wicken Fen Bioblitz 2018

Adult Dor beetle in parkland at Charlecote

We were excited to welcome Chris Packham’s team to Wicken Fen on Sunday 22nd July as part of his UK Bioblitz. We had plenty of help from keen eyed visitors and specialists, and were able to spot hundreds of species; from glow worms and diving beetles, to water voles and cranes.

The final total for the 24 hour bioblitz was 792 species!
Chris Packham and his team joined us on Sunday as part of his UK Bioblitz.  The aim of the Bioblitz campaign was to highlight the extent to which the nation’s wildlife is under threat.  The results of the 2018 audit will be recorded to create a benchmark that will help measure the rise and fall of different species in the future.

Chris Packham at Wicken Fen Bioblitz
Wicken Fen Nature Reserve Bioblitz with Chris Packham
Chris Packham at Wicken Fen Bioblitz


Some highlights from the day were: the Silver-barred moth and Reed Leopard moth – both rare and Wicken specialities; the largest (and rare) great diving beetle Dytiscus Dimidiatus, and Purple Hairstreak and Holly Blue butterflies.  Amongst the many birds we had Crane, Marsh harrier, and a Turtle dove was heard.
 

Garden Tiger Moth at Wicken Fen
Garden Tiger Moth found at Wicken Fen
Garden Tiger Moth at Wicken Fen

Special plants found and identified included: great fen sedge, marsh pea, marsh arrow-grass, lesser spearwort, and bladderwort.

Rare Marsh Pea
Rare Marsh Pea
Rare Marsh Pea

The fish records were interesting, especially the eDNA result from Dr Kat Bruce, as they confirmed the presence of less common species such as Eel, Bitterfing, Spined Loach and Bullhead, as well as the larger species such as Pike, Perch, Tench, Rudd and Roach.
We also enjoyed a variety of activities as part of our recording efforts, such as pond dipping, minibeast hunting, earthworm surveying, and wildflower and dragonfly walks.  We’d like to thank everyone involved for making our bioblitz such a success!

Wicken Fen - family pond dipping
Wicken Fen - family pond dipping
Wicken Fen - family pond dipping