Location: Cotswold Commons & Beechwoods National Nature Reserve - GL4 8HP
Come and join the race to find as much wildlife as we can! A BioBlitz is a large scale event that engages people with biodiversity, inviting them to get directly involved in surveying and monitoring their local wildlife and green spaces. During a BioBlitz event scientists and members of the public work together to survey a natural space; looking for, identifying and recording as many species as possible over 24 hours or shorter for a "mini-BioBlitz"
At the Cotswolds BioBlitz you can get involved in a range of activities including:
- Activities will start on Friday, 5th July 2013 at 10 am and continue until Saturday, 6th July 2013 at 2 pm, when the BioBlitz officially comes to a close and we'll reveal the number of species identified (so far)!
- Friday morning and early afternoon are mainly dedicated to local primary schools participating in surveys and walks exploring the two reserves. After that, we'll be running activities for the general public including guided walks, self-led surveys looking for glow-worms, bat detection, moth trapping, and a dawn chorus walk.
- Please visit cotswoldnnrbioblitz.weebly.com for an updated programme closer to the time.
The BioBlitz will take place in Buckholt Wood and on Cranham Common. Both sites are part of the Cotswold Commons and Beechwoods National Nature Reserve. Buckholt Wood, which is also part of the Cotswold Beechwoods Special Area of Conservation, is a beautiful and diverse beech woodland. Unusually for beechwoods, it has a good understorey of holly and yew. Natural England is in the process of restoring a network of rides and glades throughout the wood. Painswick Stream runs along the border of the reserve. Over 700 species of fungi have been recorded and it is known to have a great variety of spider and snail species.
Cranham Common is one of the few remaining species rich limestone grassland commons in the Cotswolds with a long history of grazing. There is a wide variety of plants and insect life that thrive on the open grassland whilst birds and reptiles benefit from the scattered scrub and bramble thickets across the site. The ever encroaching scrub is habitat for reptiles and birds. Click here for more information about the reserves.
Access: Limited accesibility to wheelchair users - please enquire below
The base camp is Cranham Scout Centre (www.scoutcentre.org.uk) in the village of Cranham (between Stroud, Gloucester and Cheltenham). There is very limited public transport. Parking and refreshments will be available at the Scout Centre.
The BioBlitz is being run by Natural England