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Discover wildlife on your doorstep at the Three Brooks BioBlitz event

Posted on Wednesday 25th June 2014 at 12:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Bioblitz - collecting specimens.

The Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve will be hosting a real-life wildlife expedition, searching for and documenting all of the site’s weird and wonderful species on Friday and Saturday 4th/5th July.

Families will have the opportunity to become wildlife scientists for the day and discover all the amazing creatures that live here in Bradley Stoke.

The event, called BioBlitz, is a race to discover all of the wildlife that lives in a single area and you can join our team of wildlife explorers with the help of expert naturalists and scientists for a programme of guided walks and drop-in activities in a pop-up field lab.

Visitors will have 24 hours to find and record as many different types of plants, animals and fungi as they can at the beautiful Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve in the heart of Bradley Stoke.

Everything found will be logged and will contribute real scientific data to local wildlife monitoring – so every record you collect makes a real difference!

The field lab will be open with drop-in activities from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and there will be a programme of bookable activities running from 4pm until late on Friday evening and all day Saturday. Activities are free and walks can be booked online at www.bnhc.org.uk/festival-of-nature/three-brooks-bioblitz/

The event is part of the Festival of Nature, the UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world with a programme of events across Bristol and the West of England from May to July. The Festival is run by Bristol Natural History Consortium (BNHC) who are running the BioBlitz in partnership with the Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group with the support of South Gloucestershire Council and the British Ecological Society.

The Journal understands that the main venue for the Three Brooks BioBlitz will be a marquee erected at the lake (a.k.a the duck pond).

Matt Postles, Coordinator of the National BioBlitz Network, said:

“BioBlitz events are a fantastic opportunity for people to explore the amazing green spaces that are local to them and discover that exciting wildlife isn’t just in far flung tropical coral reefs and jungles, but right on your doorstep. Not only that but you can actually contribute to the conservation of your local wildlife by helping us learn more about what lives where, without the need to be an expert.”

Savita Custead, Chief Executive of BNHC, said:

“Bristol is the home of BioBlitz in the UK and we have been running these events in the region for the last five years. It has been so exciting to discover all these amazing places around the city and Three Brooks is an absolutely spectacular example of the beautiful hidden gems waiting to be discovered in urban areas.”

Source: Press release from the Bristol Natural History Consortium

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