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Be a wildlife detective at Parkgate

Last modified: 23 August 2012

Comma butterfly on verbena in garden at The Lodge

Comma butterfly

Image: Katie Fuller

Nature lovers are being invited to turn detective and help discover as many types of wildlife as possible living at RSPB Parkgate.

From Friday 31 August the wetland nature reserve is hosting a “Bioblitz”, a large-scale wildlife stock take, where visitors will help spot the maximum number of different species over 24-hours.

Adam Britt, a volunteer at RSPB Dee Estuary said “We'll be looking at the amazing range of wildlife on and surrounding the marsh; from ducks to dragonflies and everything in between. We will be helped by visitors, volunteers and some local wildlife experts.”

“You can join in a range of events over the 24-hour period, from guided walks to hands-on activities. So for a fun day out with a special purpose, come along, join in and let us know what you see. “

The ‘BioBlitz’ will start with a “Bat Walk” on Friday 31 August at 8pm.  Saturday sees a programme of events starting with a "wildflower walk" along the sea wall at 11am followed by a “Bug Hunt” at 12pm and Butterfly walk at 2pm, whilst staff and volunteers from the RSPB will be on hand all day to showcase the brilliants birds of the marsh.   The meeting place for all events is St Thomas Church, Parkgate.  Not only will you get the chance to see some fantastic wildlife, but all events are free.

Please visit or email for more details and a full programme of activities and times.

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