Bioblitz survey this Saturday aims to uncover some of Edinburgh’s wild secrets, with activities and workshops for everyone to try

Jenny Tweedie

Tuesday 21 June 2016

RSPB Scotland is inviting people in Edinburgh to help discover the city's wildlife by taking part in a day-long bioblitz in Duddingston this Saturday.

The bioblitz, which is a wildlife survey carried out over a set period of time in one area, will take place between 6am and 11pm, with events and activities throughout the day, suitable for all ages and abilities.

Experts from different organisations will be on hand to identify all the wildlife found, and help people to discover more about the creatures that live in one of Edinburgh's best-known green spaces.

RSPB Scotland's Fiona Weir said: "A bioblitz is always exciting, as you just never know what you're going to find. Even people who know a site well may not realise the enormous wealth of creatures that could be living there, hiding away amongst the grass, or in the trees.

"It's also a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get involved, because you don't need to be an expert to take part. Whatever you find on the day, you'll be helping to create a valuable scientific record, and there's even a chance that you might find something totally unexpected!"

A central hub for the bioblitz will be Kirk Hall where registration will be open for all the activities. These will run regularly from 10am-4pm with an early bird walk at 6am and a late night bat and moth walk at 9.30pm. Other highlights include mammal tracking, children's activities including pond dipping and nature crafts, butterfly and bumblebee walks, cycle rides, talks, and much more!

One of the events happening on the day will be a worm charming festival, which starts at 2pm. Hilary Matthews from Duddingston Field Group, said: "In anticipation of the festival, we've been working with a group of nine children from Parson's Green School, who've been learning all about worms and have now become our Edinburgh worm experts! We've looked at the important role that worms play in creating soil, we've made wormeries and worm bunting, and learned how to identify lots of different species. It's been a fantastic experience, and I can't wait to work with them on the day of the bioblitz. I hope lots of people come along and try out worm charming with us, as it's loads of fun."

Refreshment stands will be available, and the famous Sheep Heid Inn will also be holding a wildlife-themed beer festival during the weekend of the bioblitz.

Twenty three different organizations will be taking part in the bioblitz, including RSPB Scotland, Holy Rood High School, the Sheep Heid Inn, Duddingston Field Group, Dr. Neils Garden, Duddingston Kirk, Edinburgh Biodiversity Partnership, Historic Scotland and The Scottish Wildlife Trust.

For more information, and for a leaflet, contact fiona.weir@rspb.org.uk.

· The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

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