Posted 16th Mar 2016 by Peter Byrne
2nd June will give wildlife enthusiasts the change to join nature experts in an attempt to carry out one of its largest ever surveys of wildlife
Working with the National Trust and Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, visitors will be helping to record as many species of the animals and plants as possible that inhabits the Isle of Wight's National Nature Reserve, Newtown, celebrating it's 21st birthday. The results will enable nature specialists to gain a greater insight into how wildlife at the Island's only National Nature Reserve is changing, along with the best methods to protect it in the future.
Newtown is one of the Island's top places for wildlife and has the cleanest water in the whole of the Solent, while also being one of the least disturbed estuaries along the south coast of England. It is hoped that this will give nature specialists an insight into wildlife on the island and how it's changing, while also on how best to protect it in the future.
With the hay meadows full of wildflowers such as yellow rattle, and butterflies such as the eye-catching orange-tip, volunteers will also get to keep their eyes peeled for little owls and black-headed gulls.
The BioBlitz will also be a great chance for children to tick off some activities in the 50 Things to do before you’re 11¾ challenge, from hunting for bugs to bird spotting.
The National Trust's Countryside Manager Robin Lang, said: “We know that people care passionately about nature and wildlife; TV programmes like Countryfile, Spring and Autumn Watch are proof that more people than ever before are interested in the natural environment. In order to protect the precious wildlife that we have on the Island, we need to update our records on every different species, and we’d love as many people as possible to help us. Nature and wildlife lovers of all ages are welcome.”
To find out more visit the National Trust.