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 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.
See the map at the bottom of this page for the route.
“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 .”
Results from each day’s survey will be collated and we will upload the SPECIES COUNTS below when they become available.
Chris is carrying out this Bioblitz in his own time. During July and while he is visiting the sites around the UK he will be raising funds for the front line, grass roots conservationists enabling this campaign to happen. If you would like to help you can donate on the Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/chris-packham-bioblitz
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. Please note that for public safety reasons not all of the sites are open to the public. These sites do not have adequate facilities such as parking and public admission may damage the fragile environments.
Thurs 12th July: England – Click here for video updates
Sat 14th July: Scotland – Click here for video updates
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 15th July: Scotland – Click here for video updates
Mon 16th July: Northern Ireland – Click here for video updates
Tue 17th July: Northern Ireland and Scotland
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
Wed 18th July: Scotland and England – Click here for video updates
Thurs 19th July: England
Fri 20th July: Wales
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: Wales
Sun 22nd July: England
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
Mon 23 July: England
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