Chris Packham’s UK Bioblitz 2018

Nature Reserves Are Not Enough! Butterfly-Donate-2

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.

See the map at the bottom of this page for the route.

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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 .”  

Hedgehog 180The 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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Contribute to the organisations involved  Butterfly-Donate-4

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 herehttps://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/chris-packham-bioblitz

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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. 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

London Wildlife Trust’s Woodberry Wetlands Click here for SPECIES COUNT

Sat 14th July: Scotland

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

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

Mon 16th July: Northern Ireland

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

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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

Wed 18th July: Scotland and England

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 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
Rhyd-ydcrenau (invite only)
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)
Livability Holton Lee (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC) Check times
Birds of Poole Harbour Dorset – (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Check times

Supporting organisations

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