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Much loved nature reserve gears up for another ‘Bioblitz’

Monday 15th June

Much loved nature reserve gears up for another ‘Bioblitz’

The 2015 Bioblitz will take place on Friday 19th of June and Saturday 20th June - followed by a celebration event on Sunday 21st.

With everything from evening Bat Walks, to Wildflower Walks and Family 'bug hunting' sessions, there is something for everyone. For details of the events, activities and schedule click here. 

Last year, as the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s 50th anniversary celebrations drew to a close, a weekend of wildlife was held at the Attenborough Nature Reserve – the birthplace of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. The Highlight of the weekend was a 24 hour wildlife survey which took place between the 9th and 10th of May and focussed on the underwater world of Attenborough.

Despite high winds and the occasional heavy shower, the Bioblitz was an unbelievable success. Experts from around the County and beyond descended on the Reserve to undertake an exhausting 24 hours of wildlife surveying, watching and recording. Our goal was to try and record as many species as we could within the 24 hour period and see if we could discover 50 species which had never before been recorded on the Reserve.

14 wildlife workshops were run over the two days giving visitors to Attenborough the chance to try their hand at pond dipping, identifying insects, using a bat detector and much more. Undeterred by the weather, some 250 visitors booked on to a walk or talk including a Dawn Chorus walk which started at 5am!

With the focus on the underwater world of Attenborough, our all-day pond dipping activity on Saturday and other aquatic surveys that took place over the weekend produced an incredible 130 species – 40 of which were new for Attenborough. The highlight of which was a small beetle found amongst the reedbeds on Clifton Pond. The Reed Beetle (Donacia clavipes) is a scarce, nationally notable species and was not only a first for the Reserve, but also a first for Nottinghamshire!

The information gathered from the Bioblitz is incredibly important to us as it helps us plan management on the Reserve, especially taking the new species in to account. However, as important as the species records is the number of people who took part! When you add up all the recorders, those who helped leading walks and giving talks, and the team of volunteers who helped with the organisation, there was well over 100 staff and volunteers taking part. Add this to the 250 visitors who had booked onto a walk or a talk, and you really start to get an idea of just how successful the event was.

After the 24 hours were up, no less than 535 species had been recorded – including a huge variety of insects, plants, mammals and birds. As for the 50 new species, we beat our target with a total of 60 new species discovered.

2015 - This year's Bioblitz ailms to find at least a further 50 new species previously not recorded at the reserve and the range of courses, walks and talks on offer should help people of all abilities and interests to learn more about the wildlife of this special place.

Click here to download the Bioblitz course programme

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