Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Bioblitz The Park with us!

Part contest, part festival, part event, part scientific endeavour

Join the first New Forest Bioblitz - a race against the clock to record as much of the Forest’s biodiversity in 24 hours.

To mark the International Year of Biodiversity, experts, naturalists, rangers and scientists need your help to survey as much of the National Park’s wildlife in just one day, from 3pm on Friday 21 May to 3pm on Saturday 22 May.

We will start at the west of the Park, launching the bioblitz at Burley Primary School, and finish 24 hours later at Lepe Country Park for the finale and the result.

Jim Mitchell, the New Forest National Park's Interpretation Officer, said: 'Biodiversity is defined as 'the variety of living things in a certain area'. We know that the New Forest is a special landscape but we want everyone to discover just how amazing it is in a 24-hour dash. How many types of bird will be seen? What rare spiders or beetles might be found? The answers to these sorts of questions will help us learn more about the National Park and we can use these details to help inform how we look after it in the future.'

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