Benmore Botanic Garden BioBlitz

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16th/17th July

Benmore Botanic Garden, PA23 8QU

Become a wildlife explorer for a day and discover what’s living right on your doorstep by joining in at your local BioBlitz event. Our team of experienced naturalists and wildlife watchers need your help to find and identify as many different species of birds, bugs, plants and beasties as we can before the clock runs out. Just like a real scientific expedition, everything we find will be documented and passed on to local and national databases that monitor our local wildlife. With interactive activities for kids, grown-ups, beginners and experts alike there is something for everyone at a BioBlitz.

What’s happening

At Benmore Botanic Garden you can explore the amazing diversity of our woodland garden surrounded by impressive mountain scenery as we discover the plants and animals that have found what they need to survive here and made the Garden ‘home’.

Drop in and see us on the day Click here to enter text. for some amazing activities including:

Talks & demonstrations, guided walks, stalls (information/membership), pond dipping, moth trapping, animal trapping, and bug hunting.

  • Start – 10AM on 16th July
  • Finish – 4PM on 17th July

Getting here

The Garden is located on the A815 seven miles north of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula. If you are coming by car and ferry Argyll Ferries and Western Ferries both sail from Gourock to Dunoon. The journey time is approximately 20 minutes. Please note that Argyll Ferries does not transport vehicles. Western Ferries offer a discount on ferry tickets purchased in advance of travel, their most popular range of tickets for passengers and vehicles up to 5m in length can be purchased at the following: Greenock – The Co-operative Food, 21 Eldon Street PA16 7UG. Mon – Sat 07:00 – 22:00. Gourock – Paul’s Food & Wine, 94 Shore Street PA19 1RB. Mon – Sat 06:00 – 22:00, Sun 07:00 – 22:00. To get here by public transport West Coast Motors offer an all inclusive ticket and operate regular bus services daily to the Garden from Dunoon. Call 01586 552 319 for further details. Taxi George runs a Sunday service between Dunoon and Benmore Botanic Garden. For more information call 07913 601442.

Wheelchair users may explore the extensive lower areas of the Garden. The Benmore Explorer people carrier offers rides for those with mobility needs – information about running times are available from Visitor Reception on 01369 840 509.

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Enormous thanks to everyone involved in running this special event