Bristol Water’s Chew Valley Lake BioBlitz

 

On the 29th of April, 26 volunteers and Bristol Water staff braved the rain and headed to Bristol Water’s Chew Valley Lake’s east side as part of the Bristol and Bath City Region City Nature Challenge. Here is how they got on…

In total the participants made an amazing 247 records over 6 hours. Discovering 133 different species, this BioBlitz really helped the region earn it’s place as the most biodiverse in Europe during this year’s challenge.

Unsurprisingly, considering the weather, the most recorded taxon group went to plants, with 141 different records made. Some of the more recorded species included Common Dandelions, Water mint, Common Sorrel and Herb Robert (which was the species most recorded across the whole of the region during City Nature Challenge!)

Chew Valley is a well known area in the South West for migratory birds and bird lovers alike, and as such it was great to see that the volunteers made 35 records of birds on the lake, including the more common  Canada Geese and Mute Swans to the more exciting Treecreepers and Chiffchaffs.

Finally, one lucky person made the notable record of an otter!

A huge thank you to Bristol Water for their support and for the refreshments provided!

Below you can scroll through some of the photos taken during the BioBlitz


City Nature Challenge will return to the Bristol and Bath region between the 26th-29th April. Keep up to date with how you can get involved by going to our Facebook event.