This year’s BioBlitz will be held at Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EW www.arnosvale.org.uk on the 25/26 May 2012. A BioBlitz is a 30 hour nature event in which scientists and experts lead surveys with volunteers and members of the public in order to document and importantly, learn about as many different species as possible. Arnos Vale is a fantastic 45 acre site south of the city centre and holds over 150 years of Bristol’s history. The site has a spectacular landscape with many listed buildings and monuments of architectural importance and a haven for wildlife in an urban setting. Arnos Vale Cemetery is a quiet place of remembrance, a site rich in heritage and is Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI). Friday 25 may will be the schools day and Saturday 26 May will be open to the public.
Arnos Vale has a host of wildlife on site such as woodpeckers, thrushes, finches, slow-worms ,bats, and a wide variety of flora, many of which persit from the meadows that pre-dated the cemetery. Examples of these speceis are burnet saxifrage, field scabious and ladies bedstraw, which all grow amongst the old tombstones in summer and provide food for all sorts of butterflies such as marbled white and ringlet. As well as many fine native trees, several magnificent exotic trees and shrubs survive from the original victorian plantings. Arnos Vale has a host of wildlife events from spring walks, owl prowls, bat walks and bird box making. Click here for more information on these events.
To get an idea of the brilliant activities and species found at last years Bristol BioBlitz at the National Trust’s Tyntesfield estate, have a look at the excellent bristolbioblitzblog the Wildscreen media team produced.
We’re in the early stages of planning the BioBlitz 2012 and details will be updated on the website as they happen.
We are now recruiting for volunteer guides and naturalists
If you’d like to get involved or have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to everyone who helped during the 2011 BioBlitz at Tyntesfield, with an amazing 804 species recorded.
IF YOUR INTERESTED IN THE BIOBLITZ, DON’T FORGET THE FESTIVAL OF NATURE ON THE 16/17 JUNE AT BRISTOL MILLENIUM SQUARE/HARBOURSIDE, BOTH EVENTS ARE FREE AND A GREAT WAY OF GETTING INSPIRED BY NATURE AND LEARNING ABOUT ALL THE GREAT WILDLIFE RELATED ORGANISATIONS IN AND AROUND BRISTOL.
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