Wildlife enthusiasts and amateur naturalists git together to survey local wildlife. Their mission: to seek out rare and interesting species, explore local wildlife hotspots and make as many wildlife records as possible, all the while meeting and sharing knowledge with like-minded nature lovers!
Check out the programme below to see how our survey teams took part in City Nature Challenge
Bristol Water’s Chew Valley Lake Nature Trail BioBlitz
Sunday 29 April, 12:30pm-5:30pm
Bristol Water will be hosting a lovely Sunday afternoon BioBlitz as part of the Bristol and Bath region City Nature Challenge 2018. This event will be focused on using different survey techniques to find and record as many different species possible using the iNaturalist app. There will be team leaders present to help with the surveying and identification of plant, invertebrates, freshwater, fungi and bird species. Booking essential as spaces are limited on this exciting citizen science event.
Three Brooks Bird Survey
Saturday 28 April, 10:00am-11:00am
Join #TEAMBIRD to meet like-minded bird-lovers and to help survey Bristol’s birds at the Three Brook’s Nature Reserve! Simply download the iNaturalist app, join the project ‘City Nature Challenge: Bristol & Bath’ and record what you see on the day (remember to bring binoculars if you have them).
No experience necessary, we will be learning from each other.
Meet in front of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre 10AM.
If you are a bird expert and can offer your expertise at this event, please email the team.
Let us know you’re coming on our Facebook event page
Fungi & Lichen Survey at Brown’s Folly
Friday 27 April, 10:00am-12:30pm & again at 1:30pm-4:00pm
Join Bath Natural History Society’s Alan Rayner for a close look at the world in miniature at Brown’s Folly Nature Reserve. Alan will show you where to look for fungi, lichens and bryophytes in spring months.
Meet at 10.00 and/or 13.30 in the reserve car park (ST 798 663 Landranger 172/Explorer 155) for morning and afternoon survey sessions in different parts of the reserve. Please note that car parking is limited, so it may be necessary to park in Bathford or Monkton Farleigh and walk to the meeting point.
If you are a fungi or lichen expert and can offer your expertise at this event, please email the team.
Please not this is not an easy access site, if you have any questions about access please get in touch with the email above.
No booking necessary.
Casual Fungi Survey at St George’s Park
Saturday 28 April, 10am-12pm
Join #TEAMFUNGI for a casual survey of St George Park in Bristol. Bring your guides and together we’ll take a walk in the Park to survey fungi and lichen species. We’ll combine our efforts to try and identify specimens and get some records for #citynaturechallenge and the iNaturalist app*.
We may have to deviate from the path and go into the depth of the vegetation so bring please consider sensible clothing and footwear.
Beginners and pros both welcome.
If you own a magnifying or botanical lens, bring it so that you can see the micro species and the characteristics of lichens and fungi. We will have a few pocket guides and lenses we can lend on the day.
Please meet by the Chalks Rd entrance, 10am.
Beginners Bumblebee Identification Training
Friday 27 April, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Join Buglife’s Hayley Herridge for an amazing introduction to bumblebees! The session will begin with a presentation covering ecology and identification of our common bumblebee species. The aim of this workshop is to enable participants to feel confident in identifying bumblebees in the field as part of City Nature Challenge. There will be an opportunity to look at some pinned specimens. The classroom session will finish with a quiz before a trip to Brandon Hill to do some id in the field. Please bring a net and bee id book if you have one, plus a notebook book and pen.
Meet at Bristol Energy Hub, followed by a walk to Brandon Hill
Please note this is not suitable for children, and is being made available for #TEAMINVERTS. If you love invertebrates and plan to attend another of the #TEAMINVERTS events over the City Nature Challenge weekend (27-30 April) – this means you!
Avon Valley Woods Invertebrate Survey
Saturday 28 April, 10:30am-4:00pm
Join entomologist Peter Smithers, naturalist Anthony Roach and many others passionate about invertebrate life to undertake an invertebrate survey of Avon Valley Woods. The event is open to anyone with a passion for identifying invertebrate life with the aim to record as many invertebrates as possible, whilst also being mindful of the woodlands and those visiting.
Meet in Hanham at 10.30 on Saturday 28th April. Park in the car park at the junction of Whittucks and Memorial roads (ST 640713) or if full on Whittucks road. Meet on the corner of the recreation ground next to Memorial Road.
If you are an invertebrate expert and can offer your expertise at this event, please email the team.
Sunday 29 April, 11:00am-6:00pm
Join Peter Smithers from the Royal Entomological Society and our very own #TEAMINVERTS to search Hanham meadows for mini-wildlife. If you are an invertebrate expert and can offer your expertise at this event, please email the team.
Meet at the meadows at the end of Roman way in Hanham. They are behind the doctors surgery which is next door to the estate. Drive down roman way and look for the signs and gazebo. OS map reference: ST 717647
No booking required.
Brilliant Bats at Oldbury Court
Friday 27 April, 8pm-11pm
Join #TEAMMAMMAL for an evening of Bat Surveying at Oldbury Court Estate for the #citynaturechallenge using the iNaturalist app*.
We are looking for around 10 people to join us. No previous bat surveying experience/ echolocation ID required (although obviously welcomed) – otherwise all that is required is enthusiasm!
If you own a bat detector please do bring it, however we will have a few on the day.
Please meet by Oldbury Court entrance ready for an 8pm start. Oldbury Court Estate, Oldbury Court Road, Fishponds, BS16 2JH
Travel: The 48 bus runs from the centre along Fishponds road
Badger Survey at Leigh Woods
Saturday 28 April, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Join #TEAMMAMMAL for an afternoon of Badger Surveying in Leigh Woods for the #citynaturechallenge using the iNaturalist app* (please download this for data recording).
We will be meeting at 1pm at Clifton Suspension Bridge (far side from town) and walking down North Road to Leigh woods (if you are driving please try and park on North Road or Valley Road and we will collect you before heading into the woods). We thought it might be nice to start with a lunchtime meet & greet picnic at around 1.15pm to get to know each other a little beforehand, with an aim of starting the walk promptly at 2pm – please bring your own lunch and do check the weather the evening before and consider sensible clothing and footwear. We should be finished by 5pm.
We are looking for 10 volunteers to join us, and we are very excited to have some experts leading the way. No previous badger surveying experience required (although obviously welcomed) – otherwise all that is required is enthusiasm!
If you own any mammal track guides, please do bring them however we will have a few on the day.
Travel: Please do try and use public transport or arrange to car share!!!
Meet the Researchers: Drought Risk and You
Monday 30 April, 10:00am-12:30pm
Join University of the West of England for a field trip with the researchers to discover the real-life effects of drought on our local grasslands.
The Drought Risk and You project integrates physical science with social science and narrative to produce a decision making tool to help individuals and policy makers plan their response to drought.
Drought is a natural part of the UK climate but is predicted to become more frequent and severe in the future. Grasslands are by area the most important agricultural crop in the UK, and an essential feature of most parks and gardens.
You will learn about the experiments being done by UWE’s researchers as they look at the effects of drought on plants and pollinators, learn about the types of measurement they make and why, and see some of the preliminary results. You can also help the team by making your own survey transect across the field and submit your findings to Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre.
Booking essential, details of where to meet and parking available on application.
Data Hack & Thankyou Party
Wednesday 2 May, 3:00pm-7:00pm
This is a specal thank you event for any volunteers, survey teams, event organisers and activity leaders taking part in City Nature Challenge in Bristol and Bath City Region.
From the end of City Nature Challenge we have three days to pull together any last remaining records and identify specimens before the winning cities are announce on Friday May 4th. Some naturalists will be sending records by email rather than using the app so we are bringing back the highly popular ‘Data Hack’ party. Combining pizza, beer and wildlife data we are looking for a few heroic souls to help process these records by dropping in to HQ for a celebratory gathering.
Drop in any time between 3:00pm and 7:00pm as we push to get the last few records in and celebrate a fantastic few days of putting wildlife on the map!
Please let us know if you’re going to join us by registering for free below.
The Natural History Consortium HQ, 48 Corn Street, Bristol, BS1 1HQ
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Avon Wildlife Trust
Bath & North East Somerset Council
BBC Natural History Unit
Bristol City Council
Bristol Zoo Gardens
University of Bath
University of Bristol
University of the West of England
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
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