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BioBlitz comes to the community

Last modified: 30 August 2013

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RSPB Coombes Valley nature reserve, situated a few miles from Leek in the heart of the Staffordshire moorlands, recently hosted their first ever BioBlitz, where members of the public and experts joined forces to record as many species as possible on the site.

Following the success of this event, at which around 500 species were recorded, the team at Coombes Valley want everyone to have the opportunity to access the natural world. 

The equipment used at the BioBlitz to collect and record species is being made available for loan to schools, community groups and visitors to the reserve. 

The equipment was purchased with a generous grant from the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network, a Natural History Museum initiative, which is funded by the BIG Lottery Fund. The equipment includes bug hunting kits and mapping tools such as GPS devices and field compasses.

Lizzie Ingram, Spokesperson for RSPB Coombes Valley, said: “This is a great opportunity for people to get nose to nose with nature – whether they want to hold their own mini bug hunting BioBlitz, or learn essential map reading techniques, we have the tools for people to get started!

“Book a school visit to Coombes Valley for your class this autumn and learn about the creatures that live here by using these Opal resources.  If you are a community group you can visit the reserve and use the equipment for free.  Visitors to the reserve will also get the opportunity to borrow bug hunting kits for the day – all they need to do is ask, and they’ll be provided with the proper kit to discover some brilliant wildlife”.

For more details, or to book this equipment, please get in touch with the team at Coombes Valley on 01538 384017, or email

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