Following a 12-hour BioBlitz in Corfe Mullen, final results just released show that over 700 wildlife species were seen on the day. Organisers Nature Watch Corfe Mullen and Dorset Wildlife Trust have announced the final counts from experts and local residents’ nature sightings on May 28th, revealing an astonishing richness of wildlife in the east Dorset village situated on the edge of the Poole conurbation.
Protection for nature
From a total of 1674 sightings, 762 species were recorded, including 320 flowering plants, 75 moths and 14 different mammals. 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 Ground. The event was supported by the East Dorset Community Partnership and experts and local people of all ages joined in the hunt for wildlife, which will be used to push back frontiers of knowledge and help protect species and habitats, with all results going to the Dorset Environmental Records Centre.
Nikkii Hesketh-Roberts, Conservation Assistant at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “These results prove beyond doubt that our villages, towns, gardens and public spaces are vitally important for nature. The information gained from the BioBlitz will help protect wildlife across urban and village areas right around the county.”
Highlights of the wildlife spotted included a bank vole, spotted flycatchers, scarce chaser dragonflies and sundews. To see the full list of species, visit the Species Count Summary.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
Bank vole by Steve Davis
Scarce chaser dragonfly by Jane Adams