Taking place from 4pm on Friday 9 July until 4pm on Saturday 10 July, the BioBlitz is a 24 hour race to find and identify as many plants and animals as possible in the gardens of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust headquarters, Banovallum House, in Horncastle. From 10am until 4pm on Saturday 9 July there will be free activities for children including pond dipping and minibeast hunts.
Rachel Shaw from the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust said "We hope to discover not just where the wild things are but what they are too. One of the wild things we’ll be looking for is the stunning elephant hawk-moth: a large lime green and pink moth that often lives in gardens. It looks exotic and many people could have them in their own gardens without ever knowing."
Everyone is welcome to come along and work together with local naturalists and scientists to find as many plants, animals and fungi as possible. Organisers hope that in that time over 500 species will be recorded.
Fran Hitchinson from the Lincolnshire Biodiversity Partnership said: "The BioBlitz is taking place during the UN’s International Year of Biodiversity and we hope to illustrate just how much biodiversity can be found in a garden. Last year, the team of scientists, naturalists and the public found 476 different species. This year, we are hopeful that we can break that record and discover 500 species. The more people that come along and join in, the more we will hopefully find. Children are particularly good at finding insects and other creepie-crawlies, and we'll have the experts on hand to identify the species."
Gardens are important for a range of wildlife and the BioBlitz is a unique opportunity to see and learn about birds, spiders, bugs, worms, flowers and mammals that can live in our gardens.
BioBlitz 2010 Timetable
Join us for the whole day or just drop-in at any time. Free admission.
Friday 9 July from 4pm onwards:
- Setting traps for nocturnal creepie-crawlies.
- Bat detecting.
Saturday 10 July from 10am until 4pm:
- Pond dipping and minibeast hunts.
- Searches for butterflies, dragonflies, hoverflies and other flying insects.
- A self guided trail.
- Bird ringing demonstrations.
- Children’s activities.
- Nature photography workshops.
- Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust gift shop will be open.
The Lincolnshire BioBlitz is organised by the Lincolnshire Biodiversity Partnership, Lincolnshire Naturalists’ Union and the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. It is held at Banovallum House, Manor House Street, Horncastle LN9 5HF, the headquarters of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. It is part of a programme of BioBlitz events taking place across the UK in celebration of the UN’s International Year of Biodiversity.
See: The Lincolnshire BioBlitz pages of our website