Bioblitz hits Bristol!

  • Posted by howies
  • 21 May 2010

The other day Scott was going on about his lovely walk in the sunshine, well tonight I'm going to the BioBlitz Twilight Walk to spot owls and bats. Today's sunshine is very welcome indeedy but there is something magical about summer walks at dusk too.

BioBlitz is an annual event,  a 30-hour race against the clock to find as many species of wildlife as possible, taking place during the UN’s International Day of Biodiversity.

Scientists, naturalists, the public and over 250 schoolchildren will work in groups across Blaise Castle Estate to find and identify as many species as possible on Friday 21 May and Saturday 22 May. Information will be recorded, with some specimens brought back for identification to a temporary base camp lab. TV presenter and nature expert Philippa Forrester and wildlife filmmaker and photographer Charlie Hamilton-James, will also help the team and announce the findings at 3pm on 22 May.

In addition, there will also be the following special sessions taking place:

    • Lichen Walk with David Hill, lichenologist and botanist at 4:00pm on Friday 21 May
    • Twilight Joint Dusk Walk with Roger Moses of the Hawk and Owl Trust and David Brown of Avon Bat Group at 8:30pm on Friday 21 May
    • Moth Trapping with Bristol & District Moth Group at 9:30pm on Friday 21 May
    • Dawn Chorus Bird Walk with ornithologist Ed Drewitt at 4:30am on Saturday 22 May
    • Spot the Lady Bird with Dr Remy Ware, coordinator of the UK Ladybird Survey, two walks at 9:30am and 1:30pm on Saturday 22 May
    • Fungi Blitz with members of the North Somerset and Bristol Fungus Group at 10:30am on Saturday 22 May
    • Mini Beast Bug Hunt with Pete Dawson, local educational ecologist, two walks – one at 10:30am and one at 12:30pm on Saturday 22 May

These events are free of charge and open to anyone interested, but spaces are limited. People who want to take part need to sign up at the BioBlitz website: www.bioblitzbristol.org