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Calling all nature detectives to join the BioBlitz fun

Last modified: 15 July 2013

Field teacher with children at mud dipping event, Ribble Estuary

Get outdoors and discover the weird and wonderful wildlife found in this area!

Image: Ben Hall

Budding wildlife detectives are being urged to help the team at RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre in their quest to record as much wildlife as possible – in a race against time.

With only 24 hours to carry out a survey of the wildlife at Fairhaven Lake, nature lovers of all ages are encouraged to help with the BioBlitz, which will take place on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July.

The BioBlitz aims to record how many species of animals and plants make their home at Fairhaven Lake, gardens and seashore – an important area for wildlife.

To help participants to capture the all-important information, the RSPB are running several events during the BioBlitz weekend, offering the whole family a chance to get outdoors and discover the weird and wonderful wildlife found in this area.

Julie Vale, Visitor Services Officer at RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre, said: “We all know that Fairhaven Lake is a great place for a walk and an ice cream and after last year’s stock take we know it’s good for wildlife too.

“We hope lots of people come and help us with the BioBlitz challenge, as no experience is required – just bundles of enthusiasm.

“All the events over the BioBlitz weekend will be run by RSPB staff and volunteers, so they will be on hand to point the ‘stock-takers’ in the right direction and help to put a name to that colourful bird or wriggly worm.

“I’m looking forward to seeing if we can smash last year’s record and find more than 100 species.”

Activities running throughout the event include –

Welly Wading (Saturday 27 July, 10 am – 12 noon) – Take a walk onto the estuary mud to look for creatures as this rich habitat is full of worms, snails, shrimps and crabs. Wellies will be needed.
Wildflower Wonders (Saturday 27 July, 2-4 pm) - A walk around Fairhaven Lake and onto the sand dunes to discover plenty of wildflowers and creatures.
Breakfast with Moths (Sunday 28 July, 9.30-11 am) – Discover what is lurking inside the moth traps, a great opportunity to see these creatures which are normally hiding in the dark.
Bug Hunting (Sunday 28 July, 2-4 pm) - Join a mini-beast safari searching for anything which has more than two legs. A great opportunity to delve into life in the undergrowth.

Each session is suitable for the whole family so no age restrictions apply, however booking is essential. There is a small charge of £2 per person per session.

For more information on these, and future events at the RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre, visit www.rspb.org.uk/ribblediscoverycentre or call 01253 796292.

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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