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Chris Packham’s UK Bioblitz 2018

Nature Reserves Are Not Enough! 

In July 2018 Chris and his team of experts visited 50 wildlife sites in Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales. The aim was 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 were recorded to create a benchmark to help measure the rise and fall in numbers of different species in the future.

The Journey

Spider 200The team started off in the Scottish Highlands on July 14th and from there, over the course of 10 days, they wove their way across 50 wildlife sites. All forms of wildlife were 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 were helped by species specialists and enthusiastic amateurs to pinpoint the winners and losers in the battle for Britain’s countryside.

The map at the bottom of this page shows the route they took.

The Reason Bug-3 200

“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 Packham

The Results

The results have been collated and uploaded below as SPECIES COUNTS along videos of each day.


THURS 12 JULY
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London Wildlife Trust’s Woodberry Wetlands  – Click here for SPECIES COUNT


SAT 14 JULY
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Ben Lawers – Perth & Kinross
Loch Leven – Kinross-shire – Click here for the SPECIES COUNT
Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre – Falkirk
Callendar Wood – Stirlingshire – Click here for the SPECIES COUNT
On the Verge, Stirling  – Stirlingshire – Click here for the SPECIES COUNT


SUN 15 JULY
Watch the videos here

Flanders Moss – Stirlingshire
Lochwinnoch – Renfrewshire Click here for the SPECIES COUNT
Stevenston Beach – Ayrshire  Click here for the SPECIES COUNT
Dalmellington Moss – Ayrshire


MON 16 JULY
Watch the videos here 

McIlroy Park, Lagan Valley Regional Park – Co. Antrim
An Creagan – Co. Tyrone
Milford Cutting – Co. Armagh  Click here for the SPECIES COUNT
Murlough – Co. Down
Killard – Co. Down


TUES 17 JULY
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Wildflower Alley – Belfast (Co. Antrim)
Crescent Arts Centre – Belfast (Co. Antrim)
Bog Meadows – Belfast (Co. Antrim) Click here for SPECIES COUNT
Caerlaverock Wetland Centre – Dumfriesshire Click here for SPECIES COUNT
Glenlude


WEDS 18 JULY
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St Abb’s Head – Berwickshire
Amble – Northumberland
New housing development 

Havannah & Three Hills Nature Reserve – Tyne & Wear Click here for SPECIES COUNT
Filey Bird Observatory – North Yorkshire


THURS 19 JULY

Nosterfield Nature Reserve – North Yorkshire
Fairburn Ings – West Yorkshire
Waingroves Community Woodland Trust – Derbyshire
Prees Heath Common Reserve – Shropshire  Click here for SPECIES COUNT


FRI 20 JULY

Cemlyn – Anglesey
Great Orme – Conwy
Rhyd-ydcrenau – Click here for SPECIES COUNT
Pensychnant Conservation Centre and Nature Reserve – Conwy
Ynys-hir – Ceredigion Click here for SPECIES COUNT
Gilfach Nature Reserve – Radnorshire


SAT 21 JULY

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, New Quay, Ceredigion
The “Wild Communities” Project, Cae Lynden – Brecknockshire
Newport Wetlands –  Newport
St Woolo’s Cemetery – Newport


SUN 22 JULY

Kings Dyke Nature Reserve Cambridgeshire
Papley Grove Farm – Cambridgeshire
Wicken Fen – including The British Dragonfly Society – Cambridgeshire Click here for SPECIES COUNT
Lakenheath Fen – Suffolk
Weeting Heath – Norfolk


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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)
Livability Holton Lee (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC) Check times
Birds of Poole Harbour Dorset – (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times


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