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Calling all wildlife detectives

Last modified: 03 July 2013

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A BioBlitz is essentially a big stock take for wildlife.

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The RSPB is looking for families, enthusiasts and experts alike to take part in a nature stock take, and help uncover the wildlife living at the new RSPB site in West Yorkshire.

St Aidan’s, near Leeds, will host its first ever BioBlitz from 19 – 21 July, and is looking for people to help discover and record as many different species as possible over 48 hours. A BioBlitz is essentially a big stock take for wildlife, and is a fun, family friendly event, which anyone can take part in.

Working with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and other wildlife experts in order to deliver this exciting event, the RSPB will also deliver a variety of guided walks and family friendly activities throughout the Saturday and Sunday aimed at discovering what lives within the 1000 acre nature park.

Rob Conn, RSPB Community Ranger for St Aidan’s, said: “A BioBlitz is a really fun way to learn about and connect with wildlife. It also helps us develop a good understanding of the many types of different plants and creatures that live here. We want families to have a fun day out while learning how they too can help to give nature a home.”

The event is free and there will be activities such as mini beast hunting and guided walks to look at plants, insects, birds and mammals, including an evening bat walk. Activities will start at 9am on Saturday 20 July, finishing at 6pm on Sunday 21 July.

For more information visit www.rspb.org.uk/staidans or contact Rob Conn on robert.conn@rspb.org.uk

How you can help

Nature in the UK is in trouble and some of our more familiar garden species are amongst those suffering serious declines. We can all help by give nature a home where we live.

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