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Join in and discover the wildlife on your doorstep as Bioblitz returns to the Botanic Garden from Friday 12 – Saturday 13 June 2015
This year’s Bioblitz, during which experts and members of the public join forces to locate, identify and log the wildlife of the Botanic Garden, will start at 5pm on Friday 12 June 2015 finishing a marathon 24 hours later at 5pm on Saturday 13 June 2015.
Citizen scientists young and old can book to join one of the many free, expert led surveys and forays including twilight bat walks using ultrasound detectors, midnight moth-trapping in pursuit of these mysterious night-time beauties from the tiny and exquisite to the enormous privet hawk moth, bee identification workshops and early bird walks and many more. Booking for Bioblitz walks and workshops, many of which offer the opportunity to explore the Botanic Garden out of hours, goes live on Saturday 16 May online.
Drop-in activities are available throughout the Bioblitz Saturday, including: meet the experts from the Museum of Zoology and conservation partners to learn how to record, capture and identify the wildlife they find including moths from the moth-trap release, butterflies, dragonflies, spiders, aquatic animals, small mammals, grass snakes and amphibia, birds, plants and slugs and snails (hopefully not on the plants!). Have a go at owl pellet dissection and try putting the skeleton prey back together, discover the best habitats for mini-beasts, go spider spotting, pond-dipping, and join one of the wildflower walks and much more.
The Botanic Garden is a city-centre habitat that has been actively managed for wildlife for over a century, and Bioblitz 2015 will create a definitive count of the species present in the Garden at mid-summer.