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Become a Wildlife Explorer

16th August 2016

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Become a wildlife explorer and take part in the Forestry Commission's exciting two-day BioBlitz at Bedgebury

After its success in 2014, visitors are once again being asked to join expert naturalists at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest to carry out a fast and intensive 48 hours survey of the different flora and fauna in the Pinetum. The Bedgebury BioBlitz will take place on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August.

Bedgebury’s second BioBlitz promises to be another exciting and fun outdoor family event where expert naturalists and members of the public can work together to find and record the different species of plants, birds, bats, insects, pond life and mammals that live in the Pinetum. Everything found will be recorded in a species record which feeds in to national databases that monitor our wildlife. Citizen science in action!

With interactive activities for kids, grown-ups, beginners and experts, the Bedgebury BioBlitz has something for everyone with guided walks, talks, and demonstrations, as well as fun activities for the children, all creating a unique opportunity to get up close to some of Bedgebury’s wildlife and record what is seen at the same time.

The Forestry Commission’s Dan Luscombe, Dendrologist at Bedgebury, said:

“This is the second BioBlitz we’ve held at Bedgebury, and once again you will be able to get involved in all kinds of fun and exciting activities and learn how to find and identify the wildlife right on your doorstep. From wild flower walks and bug hunting, to bat detecting and bird watching - there will be something for everyone at the BioBlitz and no expertise is necessary! This year you’ll also be able to join Bedgebury’s team of tree experts and help them discover and learn about the wonderful unseen world of our canopy dwelling Pinetum residents for the first time ever!”

There are a number of free and exciting drop-in events for the whole family planned for both days. However, for those that are interested in Bedgebury’s bird life, bats, wildflowers, small mammals or tree conservation work there are a limited number of places on exclusive expert-guided walks*.

Further details of all activities and events are available on the Bedgebury website at www.forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury  and guided walks can be booked by calling the Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum on 01580 879842

Bedgebury is cared for by the Forestry Commission for people, wildlife and trees.

* Guided walks: £10 for adults, £5 for children aged 8-15.

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