Saturday, 30 May 2020

 

Wales Nature Week Event: Garden BioBlitz

 

To start Wales Nature Week, join LERC Wales* staff and the recorders of Wales to discover wonderful Welsh wildlife in your garden! On Saturday 30th May, nature lovers across the nation are invited BioBlitz their garden, looking for species common and rare to contribute to our Wales wide species snapshot.


When: Saturday 30th May Midnight - Midnight

Where: Your own garden (or your local area as part of daily exercise)

What: Record all the species you can find in your garden for 24 hours - common or rare - to build a national species snapshot for Wales Nature Week

How: Follow the fun on Facebook and Twitter with #WalesGardenBioBlitz and submit your records via the LERC Wales App (or alternative recording route**)

Why: Have fun learning about the nature in your garden and contribute useful data to help wildlife conservation.

 

Suggested timeline for your wildlife hunt

5am: Dawn Chorus - early risers can share the experience of the wonders of dawn during May

8am: Marvellous Moths - live updates from the traps of LERC Wales staff

11am: Perfect Pollinators - Watch your flower beds to see what bees, butterflies and other winged wonders visit

2pm: Fantastic Flowers - what wild flowers can you find in your lawn / pavement cracks / flower beds

5pm: Cool creepy crawlies - look under logs and rummage through rocks to look for slugs, snails and woodlice

9pm: Twilight highlights: Listen for bats, shine a spotlight on spiders, and hunt for hedgehogs- what nocturnal visitors you can find after dark

 

*LERC Wales is a consortium of the four Local Environmental Records Centres in Wales: BIS [Biodiversity Information Service for Powys & Brecon Beacons National Park]; Cofnod [North Wales]; SEWBReC [South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre] and WWBIC [West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre]. Each LERC collates wildlife records for their area of Wales, and provides this information to decision makers whilst supporting the local recording community. You can find out more about the four LERC Wales on our website.

**We will be counting all records received for 30th May 2020 as part of the event. If you are an established recorder, please use your preferred submission method, e.g. MapMate, iRecord or your LERC’s online system.

If you are new to recording, we suggest the LERC Wales App as the easiest method of sending us data. You can find download links and instructions online here. Alternatively download this spreadsheet to fill in and email it back to info@sewbrec.org.uk.