Getting ready to BioBlitz in Bradley Stoke

Monday 02 June

Take part in a free family event and go on a real-life wildlife expedition at Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve!

Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve will be hosting a real-life wildlife expedition, searching for and documenting all of the site’s weird and wonderful species on 4 and 5 July.

Families will have the opportunity to become wildlife scientists for the day and discover all the amazing creatures that live here in Bradley Stoke.

The event, called BioBlitz, is a race to discover all of the wildlife that lives in a single area and you can join our team of wildlife explorers with the help of expert naturalists and scientists for a programme of guided walks and drop-in activities in our pop-up field lab.

Visitors will have 24 hours to find and record as many different types of plants, animals and fungi as they can at the beautiful Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve in the heart of Bradley Stoke.

Everything found will be logged and will contribute real scientific data to local wildlife monitoring – so every record you collect makes a real difference!

The field lab will be open with drop-in activities from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on Saturday and there will be a programme of bookable activities running from 4.00 p.m. until late on Friday evening and all day Saturday. Activities are free and walks can be booked online at http://www.bnhc.org.uk/festival-of-nature/three-brooks-bioblitz/

The event is part of the Festival of Nature, the UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world with a programme of events across Bristol and the West of England from May to July. The Festival is run by Bristol Natural History Consortium (BNHC) who are running the BioBlitz in partnership with the Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group with the support of South Gloucestershire Council and the British Ecological Society.

Matt Postles: Coordinator of the National BioBlitz Network said: “BioBlitz events are a fantastic opportunity for people to explore the amazing green spaces that are local to them and discover that exciting wildlife isn’t just in far flung tropical coral reefs and jungles, but right on your doorstep. Not only that but you can actually contribute to the conservation of your local wildlife by helping us learn more about what lives where, without the need to be an expert.”

Savita Custead – Chief Executive of BNHC said: “Bristol is the home of BioBlitz in the UK and we have been running these events in the region for the last 5 years. It has been so exciting to discover all these amazing places around the city and Three Brooks is an absolutely spectacular example of the beautiful hidden gems waiting to be discovered in urban areas.”

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For further information, photos and interviews, please contact Matt Postles – matt@bnhc.org.uk, 0117 3178751

Bristol Natural History Consortium is a collaboration between Avon Wildlife Trust, BBC Natural History Unit, Bristol City Council, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Defra, National Trust, Natural England, RSPB, University of Bristol, University of the West of England and Wildscreen. Registered Charity: 1123432

Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group is a local voluntary group formed in February 2005 with the aim of conserving and enhancing the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve for the benefit of local residents and wildlife in Bradley Stoke.

The Three Brooks BioBlitz is supported by South Gloucestershire Council under their environmental grants scheme and by the British Ecological Society under their outreach grants scheme.