What is a BioBlitz?
"Bio" means 'life' and "Blitz" means 'to do something quickly and intensively'.
A “BioBlitz” is a great outdoor, family event where expert naturalists and members of the public work together to do a fast and intensive survey of all forms of life in a natural space. It's a race to find as many different species of plants, birds, insects, fungi, mammals, fish, and everything else as possible in 24 hours! Everything you find is written down to make a 'species record' which feeds into national databases that monitor our wildlife - citizen science in action!
At a BioBlitz you can get involved in all kinds of fun and exciting activities and learn how to find and identify the wildlife on your doorstep. From pond dipping and bug hunting to bat detectors and birdwatching - there is something at a BioBlitz for everyone and no expertise is necessary!
There are loads of ways that you can get involved this summer:
- Join one of the BioBlitz events being organised all over country - find your nearest event here
- Visit a BioBlitz day at your local Zoo or Wildlife Park
- You can even do a BioBlitz of your own garden by getting involved with the big Garden BioBlitz
- Run your own BioBlitz event in your local area with the help of the National BioBlitz Network
- Run a BioBlitz at your school using our handy resource for teachers
Have a look at this video from the first Bristol BioBlitz event held in 2009 at Ashton Court Estate for an idea how a BioBlitz works: