Chris Packham’s UK Bioblitz 2018

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14th – 23rd July

For ten days Chris and his team of experts will be visiting 50 wildlife sites in Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales to highlight the extent to which the nation’s wildlife is under threat.

The Bioblitz campaign has a scientific purpose. The results of this 2018 audit will be recorded to create a benchmark; this will help measure the rise and fall in numbers of different species in the future.

The Journey

Spider 200The team will be starting off from the Scottish Highlands on July 14th and from there, over the course of 10 days, they will weave their way across the 50 sites. All forms of wildlife will be investigated in this snapshot of the country’s wildlife:  from flies to fungi, mammals to moths and birds to butterflies. At each site Chris and the UK Bioblitz team will be helped by species specialists, alongside enthusiastic amateurs, to pinpoint the winners and losers in the battle for Britain’s countryside.

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“The UK is home to remarkable and beautiful wildlife and some wonderful habitats but it’s also in big trouble, and in the case of some species this means we are fast approaching the last chance to make a difference.

“I want the 2018 UK Bioblitz Campaign to be a detailed and complete wildlife audit, a ten day snapshot of the state of our wild places and what lives there. It will celebrate some conservation successes but also reveal some of its failures. It will show that nature reserves are not enough and it will prove we need a healthier wider environment. A healthier countryside”  Chris

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The Results

Results from each day’s survey will be collated and we will enter the information on this page when it becomes available.

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Chris is carrying out this Bioblitz in his own time and while he is visiting the amazing sites around the UK he will be raising funds for the front line, grass roots conservationists enabling this campaign to happen. There will be a Crowdfunding page where you can donate. More information to follow.


Come along in person

Admission fees to the sites may apply. If you would like to find out more details to plan a visit to one of the sites please contact the site direct. We have added links to their websites below. 

Join Chris at a site near you.

Sat 14th July: Scotland

Ben Lawers – Perth & Kinross (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Loch Leven – Kinross-shire (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre – Falkirk (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Callendar Wood – Stirlingshire (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
On the Verge, Stirling  – Stirlingshire (invite only)

Sun 15th July: Scotland

Flanders Moss – Stirlingshire (invite only)
Lochwinnoch – Renfrewshire (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Stevenston Beach – Ayrshire (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Dalmellington Moss – Ayrshire (invite only)

Mon 16th July: Northern Ireland

McIlroy Park, Lagan Valley Regional Park – Co. Antrim (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
An Creagan – Co. Tyrone (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Milford Cutting – Co. Armagh (invite only)
Murlough – Co. Down (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Killard – Co. Down (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times

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Wildflower Alley – Belfast (Co. Antrim) (invite only)
Crescent Arts Centre – Belfast (Co. Antrim) (invite only)
Bog Meadows – Belfast (Co. Antrim) (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Caerlaverock Wetland Centre – Dumfriesshire (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times

Wed 18th July: Scotland and England

St Abb’s Head – Berwickshire (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Amble – Northumberland (invite only)
Havannah & Three Hills Nature Reserve – Tyne & Wear (invite only)
Filey Bird Observatory – North Yorkshire (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times

Thurs 19th July: England

Nosterfield Nature Reserve – North Yorkshire (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Fairburn Ings – West Yorkshire (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Waingroves Community Woodland Trust – Derbyshire (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Prees Heath Common Reserve – Shropshire (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times

Fri 20th July: Wales

Cemlyn – Anglesey (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Great Orme – Conwy (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Pensychnant Conservation Centre and Nature Reserve – Conwy (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Ynys-hir – Ceredigion (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Gilfach Nature Reserve – Radnorshire (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times

Sat 21 July: Wales

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, New Quay, Ceredigion (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
The “Wild Communities” Project, Cae Lynden – Brecknockshire (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Newport Wetlands –  Newport (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
St Woolo’s Cemetery – Newport (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times

Sun 22nd July: England

Kings Dyke Nature Reserve – Cambridgeshire (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Papley Grove Farm – Cambridgeshire (invite only)
Wicken Fen – including The British Dragonfly Society – Cambridgeshire (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Lakenheath Fen – Suffolk (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Weeting Heath – Norfolk (invite only)

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Yateley Common Country Park – Hampshire (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
Cliddesden Community Conservation Group – Hampshire (invite only)
Martin Down Nature Reserve – Hampshire (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times
River Frome Mill & Stream – Dorset (invite only)
Birds of Poole Harbour– Dorset – (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times

Supporting organisations

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