BioBlitz – discover and record your local wildlife!Published Friday, 15 June 2018
Become a wildlife explorer for a day at the 24 hour BioBlitz event at Wyre Estuary Country Park on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June.
Join Wyre Council’s ranger team and identify as many different species of birds, bugs, plants and beasties as you can. Just like a real scientific expedition, everything you find will be documented and passed on to local and national wildlife databases. But hurry - the clock is ticking!
Coordinated by the River Wyre Catchment Partnership, Wyre Council, the Royal Society of Biology, the River Wyre Trust and local groups and organisations, the aim of the event is to record as many species of wildlife as possible within the 24 hours and to share lots of useful information about the wildlife of our Estuary.
The BioBlitz will be supported by local volunteer naturalists who are specialists in their fields such as birds, bees, marine life, freshwater aquatics and wildflowers, who will all help to survey the woodlands, river, estuary and grasslands. The theme is healthy environment – healthy people. It has been shown that people's active enjoyment of the natural environment helps to improve health and wellbeing. So along with local botanists and bird watchers we will have a health practice from Thornton and the RNLI and coastguard who help to keep us safe at sea all giving time to share ways in which people can safely explore and enjoy the Wyre Estuary and improve their health at the same time!
The event will be officially opened at 11.55am on Friday 22 June by folk singer and comedian Mike Harding. Mike is Honorary Vice President of the Ramblers Association and former President. He is an active member of several fishing clubs including Manchester Anglers, Settle Anglers and Bradford City Anglers. He is a musician, author, poet, travel writer, film maker, photographer, presenter, performer and importantly he is passionate about the environment! He comments, “We are drinking at the last chance saloon and events like the BioBlitz which raise awareness of our precious environment are to be applauded”.
From 3pm on Friday there will be walks and activities happening right through to 3pm on Saturday 23 June. On the Saturday there will be a BioBlitz marquee at the park from 10am to 3pm where you can enjoy painting from nature, finding out about our healthy heroes and woodcrafts including making insect hotels and more. As part of the event there is also a high tide bird walk taking place at Rossall Point.
Councillor Simon Bridge, Portfolio Holder for Street Scene, Parks and Open Spaces at Wyre Council comments: “We are delighted to be hosting our own BioBlitz event at the beautiful Wyre Estuary Country Park in Stanah. There’s a broad range of activities to take part in from evening walks to early morning wildlife surveys. This is great opportunity for all ages to come along and discover more about the vast and diverse wildlife we have here on our doorstep in Wyre.”
Some activities will require booking, to find out more please contact the ranger team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07976 650803.
For a full itinerary of events and activities visit wyre.gov.uk/wyreestuarycountrypark