Oxford Festival of Nature and BioBlitz
Date: 12th - 13th July 2013
Location: Botley Park, Oxford OX2 0BT
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 Oxford Festival of Nature you can get involved in a range of activities including:
- A wide range of public activities run by locally-based wildlife experts where you can engage with many different aspects of local wildlife, including birds of prey, bat walks, tree trails, crayfish traps, worm charming and a walk through moth tent!
- A 24 hour BioBlitz, running from 5pm on Friday to 5pm on Saturday where will seek to identify every living species within the park and the adjacent waterway!
- A schools programme, where children from local schools will survey the park on Friday, and survey insect populations near their homes on Saturday.
The Festival will take place across the two days as follows:
- Friday 1pm - 3pm: schools programme
- Friday 5pm - 7pm: BioBlitz for wildlife experts
- Friday 7pm - 1am: public activities (eg bat walk, moth trapping)
- Saturday 1am - 12pm: BioBlitz for wildlife experts
- Saturday 12pm - 5pm: family activities and West Oxford Fun Day
Botley Park is around 4ha in size. It includes a wide variety of habitats, including a branch of the Thames which runs through a disused public bathing place, woodland, a community wildlife area, hedgerows, woodland, and a playing field.
Access: Most areas accessible to wheelchair users
West Oxford Community Centre, on the Botley Rd entrance to the park
The BioBlitz is being run by Science Oxford, West Oxford Community Association, Oxford City Council and Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust with support from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Thames Water, Oxford University, Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre and Oxfordshire Local Nature Partnership