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Trust hails success of local bioblitz

Wednesday 5th August

Trust hails success of local bioblitz

Back in May Radcliffe on Trent Council, in partnership with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, the Canal and River Trust and Radcliffe Conservation Volunteers, organised a “bioblitz” at their Lily Ponds.  Rushcliffe Borough Council provided support via its Biodiversity Grant.  Lily Ponds is an area of meadow and ponds below the cliffs, and is accessible through Rockley Memorial Park.  It is designated as a “Local Wildlife Site” and is of particular importance for its aquatic invertebrates. It was purchased by the local council in 2013 for the local community to enjoy, and the information from this event will help to direct the ongoing management of the site.

A “bioblitz” is an intense period of biological surveying involving expert naturalists and volunteers to record as many living species as possible within a designated area, typically over a continuous 24 hour period.  To support the recording there were a wide range of organised activities which included bug hunts, pond dipping, bird watching and plant recording which were attended by local children and adults with wildlife experts on hand.  Other activities included willow weaving and wood carving.  On the Saturday evening a bat walk was led by the Nottinghamshire Bat Group and a moth trapping event was run by the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Entomological Society, with over 50 people in attendance. 

Overall the event was a big success with enthusiastic support from both the local community, and the supporting naturalists and some interesting wildlife sightings were recorded. The hairy dragonfly, sometimes known as the hairy hawker, a notable species, was confirmed as breeding at the ponds. Aquatic invertebrate expert Bob Merritt recorded an extensive range of aquatic species which included 20 beetles, 12 water bugs, 9 dragonflies, 11 molluscs, 10 spiders, 2 leeches, 2 crustacea, mayfly, smooth newt and pike.  A very good range of bat species were recorded, including common pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle, Daubenton's, and noctule.  A number of bird species were recorded including the following ‘amber listed’ Birds of Conservation Concern: green woodpecker, willow warbler, swift, swallow, whitethroat, common tern and kingfisher.

If you keep records of wildlife spotted in your area you can also submit records to the County Recorders to help build up a more accurate picture of wildlife in our county. Details of who to contact can be found here

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