The Corfe Mullen BioBlitz on bank holiday Saturday has exceeded all expectations, with more than 500 wildlife species recorded on just one day, and many records still coming in. The event, organised by Corfe Mullen Nature Watch and Dorset Wildlife Trust, brought local residents, families and experts together to find as much wildlife as they could over 12 hours.
What happened on the day?
Jane Adams, Co-ordinator of Corfe Mullen Nature Watch, said: “This was a chance to look closely at the varied habitats so close to our homes, some of which have never been surveyed before, and the results are extraordinary, even from seemingly ordinary places. There were orchids found at nearly every site, including a surprise single common spotted orchid on the Recreation Ground, so you don’t have to go to a nature reserve to find special wildlife.”
Sites targeted on the day included Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Upton Heath reserve, private land on the banks of the River Stour and at the home of TV’s wildlife film-maker Hugh Miles, as well as many other gardens, the Village Hall and Recreation Grounds.
What was found on the day?
Highlights of the wildlife spotted included roe deer, a heather ladybird, sundews, clouded buff moths, scarce chaser dragonflies and white legged damselflies. So far, organisers have recorded 214 different species of flowering plant, 47 different moths and 14 mammal species. Some wildlife is still being identified by experts and all the results will be sent to the Dorset Environmental Records Centre.
Nikkii Hesketh-Roberts, Conservation Assistant at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “This was not just an enjoyable day for wildlife fans but very valuable in increasing our knowledge about sites and species. The data coming from this event will help in the task of protecting the wildlife and habitats of Dorset.”
To see the latest species count, click here!
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Scarce chaser dragonfly female - Jane Adams
Common Spotted Orchid - Jane Adams