We had a fantastic time at Burley Primary School this afternoon - a big thank you to all the staff who helped make the launch such fun and for the children for behaving so beautifully and being media stars! Thanks also to the group from Hounsdown School in Totton who came over to join us.
Over 100 children and parents joined us in bioblitzing the area. We had pond dipping, plant surveys, tree walks, bird walks and bug hunts all going on at the same time. Here are some of the things we found:
22 species of plants
11 species of trees and shrubs
Biggest found = buzzard
Smallest found = long-tailed tit
Nest sites = two woodpecker and one robin
Summer visitors (migrant species) = willow warbler and chiff chaff
Quotes of note from the children:
'I've just found a spider with a green bottom!'
'Phew - I'm quite tired. Have the 24 hours gone yet?'
We are just off for a quick rest and then on to the bat and moth hunt.