Bioblitz! from Friday 13th July to Saturday 14th July 2012, led by Annabel Foskett, our environmental educator.

A Bioblitz is a race to identify as many species of flora and fauna over a specific time. We were lucky to secure the help of many experts in their field – lots phoned up and said they would like to come and contribute. We also hoped to engage with non-experts to encourage their involvement in this scientific observation exercise. This was a real opportunity to identify as many of the species of flora and fauna on the nature reserve as we can in a single 24-hour day. This knowledge is now being built into the long-term management plan.

The weather was pretty bad, with wind and rain but in spite of this, experts came in on Friday and Saturday, looking in the different habitats on the nature reserve. A group of us came in the dark, late on Friday evening, to identify and track the bats on the reserve and lights were set up to attract moths and other insects to sheets. Pond dipping and other activities brought experts and members of the public together through their joint study of the nature reserve.

A huge amount of work was done by the experts and FoBCC volunteers to make the whole Bioblitz the success it was, so thank you very much everybody!