Posted 31st May 2013
From 1st to 2nd June is National Garden BioBlitz weekend. A dedicated weekend to discovering more about the wildlife in your garden. So just what is it all about?
A Garden BioBlitz is a list of all the wildlife found in your garden over a 24 hour period. You don't need any special wildlife skills and you don't have to Blitz for 24 hours non-stop. Simply go out into your garden at different times of the day, take lots of photos and record what you have seen.
To take part all you need is somewhere to Blitz such as a garden, park, allotment – or even a windowbox. Then start looking, photographing, identifying and recording.
It is a great outdoor family event, where expert naturalists and members of the public work together to do a fast and intensive survey of all forms of life in a natural space. It's a race to find as many different species of plants, birds, insects, fungi, mammals, fish, and everything else as possible in 24 hours. Everything you find is written down to make a 'species record' which feeds into national databases that monitor our wildlife - citizen science in action.
Garden BioBlitz is being run by a small group of passionate volunteers with experience in wildlife recording. For lots more information on how to get involved, download the recording form, get help with species identification and see blogs from last years Garden BioBlitzers, visit www.gardenbioblitz.org
There is also a National BioBlitz network which supports different organisations and voluntary groups who run big BioBlitz events all over the country to get people closer to the wildlife around them. At a BioBlitz event you can get involved in all kinds of fun and exciting activities and learn how to find and identify the wildlife on your doorstep. From pond dipping and bug hunting to bat detectors and birdwatching – there is something at a BioBlitz for everyone and no expertise is necessary. To find out more visit the British Natural History Consortium's website at www.bioblitzuk.org.uk.
Photo: British Natural History Consortium