During a Bioblitz, which is fast becoming an annual event in Cambridge, scientists, conservationists and members of the public work together to survey a natural space: seeking, identifying and recording as many species as possible over one day and one night.
Dr Sally Marsh at the Botanic Garden said, 'We want lots of visitors to come and help us discover the plants, fungi, insects, reptiles and mammals that live wild at the Garden to create an accurate picture of the biodiversity this 40-acre site supports.'
Experts from a range of organisations including the University’s Department of Zoology and OPAL (a partnership initiative celebrating biodiversity, environmental quality and people’s engagement with nature) will be on hand with advice and guidance. Starting at 5pm on Friday 22 July, the 24-hour programme of pre-bookable forays around the Garden include bird spotting, bat walks, plant surveying, moth trapping, pond dipping, a count of the resident grass snakes, small mammal surveys, mini beast hunts, butterfly and bee counts.
Dr Tim Upson, Curator at the Botanic Garden said: ‘We know the Garden provides vital habitat and feeding opportunities for the City’s wildlife and we have actively managed the site to encourage biodiversity for over 100 years. This Bioblitz event is a great opportunity to find out just exactly what we have in the Garden. The survey should also give us a good idea of which species are widespread and we may even discover some new species we didn’t know were here.’
As Bioblitz moves into the second day on the Saturday, an information fair at Base Camp on the Main Lawn will give all Garden visitors the chance to learn more about the wildlife on their doorstep. To book onto the Bioblitz survey events, please follow the link left. There will also be plenty of activities throughout Saturday 23rd July up to 5pm offering a fantastic introduction to biological recording that could inspire the next generation of recorders and naturalists! So turn up, join in and enjoy the wildlife on your doorstep.