Check out the local wildlife at BioBlitz 2019 - Cambridge University Botanic Garden

12/04/2019

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BioBlitz 2019, a weekend of wildlife workshops, talks and walks, takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Cambridge University Botanic Garden on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April.

BioBlitz is an international concept that aims to highlight the diversity of animal species by involving the community in recording and monitoring many different species over a 24 hour period. It offers the opportunity for local residents and visitors to meet wildlife experts, ask questions and to enjoy their local parks, gardens and green spaces.

Experts from Cambridge University Botanic Garden, the University Museum of Zoology, the Department of Zoology and local wildlife organisations will be at the Garden recording different species over a 24 hour period on 27/28 April. There will be lots of opportunities for members of the public to join in - with thirty pre-bookable events on offer plus various drop in activities.

During BioBlitz 2016 a new species was discovered – the Megaselia trinityensis – a phorid (scuttle fly), named after Trinity College Garden, where it was found. This year, there will also be many opportunities to potentially discover a new species.

Events on offer range from butterfly spotting, spider surveying and owl pellet dissection to bat sound analysis. If you are an early riser, join us for our birdsong walk at 5.30am on Sunday 28 April – when you can also learn to identify those early morning bird calls.

Events start at midday on Saturday 27 April and conclude with a torchlight walk at 9pm. Sunday activities start at 5.30am with the birdsong walk and finish at 11.30am with some pond dipping.

 

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The University of Cambridge is acknowledged as one of the world's leading higher education and research institutions. The University was instrumental in the formation of the Cambridge Network and its Vice- Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope, is also the President of the Cambridge Network.

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