Celebrating biodiversity at University of Leicester

Posted by pt91 at Jun 11, 2012 11:04 AM |
Members of the public invited to identify as many species as possible in 24 hours

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PHOTO OPP: University of Leicester BioBlitz

Friday 15th to Saturday 16th June

University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH (Friday)

Blackthorn Manor, Southmeads Road, LE2 2LT (Saturday)

Ever fancied joining Chris and Michaela on Springwatch? Well here’s your chance to get involved in Leicester’s version as the University of Leicester is holding its first ever BioBlitz event on the 15th - 16th June and is inviting the public help to identify as many different species as possible in the space of just 24 hours.

The event, organised by the University’s Environment Team, aims to identify as many species as possible across the University’s 305 acres of green space. With a focus on identifying aquatic invertebrates and higher plant species, as well as insects, mosses, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds, it’s a great opportunity to learn more about the creatures we live with but generally don’t notice.

The records collected during the BioBlitz will be used to create a Biodiversity Action Plan to help manage wildlife and habitats at the University in the future.

The BioBlitz will last from 5pm on Friday to 5pm on Saturday and will be split between three locations: Main Campus on University Road, the Attenborough Arboretum on Carisbrooke Road and Blackthorn Manor in Oadby. A shuttle bus will run between Main Campus and Blackthorn Manor on the Saturday  (10am-5pm) and refreshments will be provided at all events.

The University estate is host to a whole range of interesting bird, mammal and plant life so this is a great opportunity for nature lovers to get out and explore. The event is open to everyone so bring your friends and family to help reach the ambitious target of identifying at least 500 species by the end of the 24 hours.

There will be plenty of activities to get involved in including Bat and Moth Friday Night (with cheese, wine and hot chocolate); Dawn Bird Chorus at the Attenborough Arboretum 7am Saturday; guided Wildlife Walks with barbeque and refreshments at Blackthorn Manor from 10am - 2pm and much more, including pond dipping, mammal signs, photography and drawing competitions and minibeast trails.

To find out more about the event and book a place please go to www.le.ac.uk/environment/biodiversity or call 0116 229 7382

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Note to newsdesk: For more information, contact Victoria Robinson, vjr7@le.ac.uk / 0116 229 7382

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