Dorset Wildlife Trust and Corfe Mullen Nature Watch are joining forces for the return of the Corfe Mullen BioBlitz to celebrate Dorset Wildlife Trust's 50th birthday. Just how much wildlife can you find in 12 hours? The BioBlitz takes place over 12 hours around Corfe Mullen, where experts will guide you across meadows, woods, streams and rivers in a search for local wildlife.
What is a BioBlitz?
The event was a big success last year, and with free wildlife walks, bat detecting workshops and moth traps, the organisations are looking forwards to even more people taking part. Nikkii Hesketh-Roberts, Conservation Assistant at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “This is a great event to get the whole family involved in; there is so much to discover, whether you are a wildlife expert, or have never done anything like this before. Last year we found over 500 individual wildlife species, and this year we would love to try and beat that tally.”
Jane Adams, Co-ordinator of Corfe Mullen Nature Watch, added: “We had some amazing wildlife spotted last year, including a hobby, nightjar, rare reptiles including smooth snake and sand lizard as well as the brown argus butterfly and the scarce marsh gentian flower. The Bioblitz covers areas that are very rarely surveyed, so we are all excited to see what we can find this year!”
What will be happening on the day?
There’s a varied schedule of free wildlife events around the village throughout the day, plus experts will be on hand to help with wildlife identifications. New for this year is pond dipping at the home of world-renowned film maker Hugh Miles, known for a host of award-winning TV films including Life in the Freezer, Tiger and Springwatch. All the sightings will be collated and a valuable snapshot produced of the biodiversity of Corfe Mullen. If you live in Corfe Mullen, you can even include your garden in the survey.
This event takes place on Saturday 28th May and everyone is welcome to join in whenever they like between 8.30am and 8.30pm. The official opening by TV’s Hugh Miles will take place at Corfe Mullen Village Hall, BioBlitz HQ for the day, at 10.15 am. The full schedule of free events can be viewed here. To find out more contact Nikkii Hesketh-Roberts on 01202 692033 or email@example.com or Jane Adams on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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