Black-tailed godwit by Chris Mills

Norfolk's biggest BioBlitz


Wednesday 19 July, 2017





This weekend (22 & 23 July 2017) Norfolk will see one of the largest wildlife surveys conducted in the county. Norfolk Wildlife Trust is joining forces with National Trust, RSPB, Natural England and Holkham Estate to carry out a BioBlitz stretching from Holme-next-the-Sea in west Norfolk to Salthouse in the east. A BioBlitz is the identification and recording of as many species as possible within a 24-hour period, ranging from small insects to large mammals.
 
The BioBlitz weekend also provides a great opportunity for families with children aged 8-16 to be part of the exclusive Nocturnal Nature event taking place overnight (6.30pm – 8.30am) at Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes. Families can enjoy a sunset supper and experience the reserve’s wildlife at night which is rarely seen by other visitors with bat walks, moth trapping and wildlife films. Sleeping over in the Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre, they will wake up to see the reserve at dawn with a refreshing bird walk followed by breakfast.
 
Cley Marshes Community Education Officer Rachael Wright said: “This is one of the biggest events to take place on the North Norfolk coast this year, and we hope that as many people as possible get involved. Identification specialists will be on board to assist anyone with little or no surveying experience, making our BioBlitz weekend a fantastic opportunity for children to get stuck in as well as adults. Considering the scale of the event, we are hoping to discover some species we haven’t come across on this area of the coast before.”
 
The Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre at NWT’s Cley Marshes visitor centre will be used as an information hub throughout the weekend. Information stands from Norfolk Wildlife Trust, National Trust, Marine Conservation Society, Norfolk Ornithological Association and Butterfly Conservation will be found in the education centre across the weekend with advice for all surveyors wishing to get involved. Cley Beach will also be hosting activities such as wildlife crafts for families. 
 
It is hoped that this huge BioBlitz will uncover some wildlife treasures that were previously unknown to be present along the North Norfolk coast. All discoveries made during the BioBlitz will be submitted to local wildlife record centres and the National Biodiversity Network to help increase our understanding of how wildlife along the North Norfolk coast is changing and how best to protect it.
 
The BioBlitz is free with no pre-booking required. Booking is essential for Nocturnal Nature. For more information or to book Nocturnal Nature (£25 members, £30 non-members, all activities and meals included in price), go to www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk or call Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes on 01263 740008.
 
- Ends -
Share this

Top news stories

2017-12-08 Be ‘eagle’ eyed this winter Be ‘eagle’ eyed this winter
Friday 08 December, 2017
Winter is often a very good time of year to spot birds of prey. As the trees have lost their leaves the silhouettes o...
2017-12-05 Brendan is stepping down as CE Brendan is stepping down as CEO
Tuesday 05 December, 2017
Chief Executive of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Brendan Joyce, has decided to step down from leading the Trust, following ...
2017-12-05 Cley Calling celebrates Norfol Cley Calling celebrates Norfolk’s starry skies this weekend
Tuesday 05 December, 2017
Do you know your mallard from your gadwall? Do you fancy a spot of frosty storytelling with a glass of mulled wine? Y...
2017-12-04 December fun thanks to The Nat December fun thanks to The National Lottery
Monday 04 December, 2017
Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s nature reserve will be throwing open its doors for free to National Lottery players ov...
2017-11-20 Brendan Joyce receives an OBE Brendan Joyce receives an OBE at Buckingham Palace
Monday 20 November, 2017
Chief Executive of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Brendan Joyce, received an OBE on Thursday for services to nature conserva...
2017-10-26 NWT's newest nature reserve: P NWT's newest nature reserve: Pigneys Wood
Thursday 26 October, 2017
Norfolk Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce that it has been entrusted with the ownership of Pigneys Wood, a l...
2017-10-25 New report urges Government to New report urges Government to tackle five challenges simultaneously
Wednesday 25 October, 2017
Today The Wildlife Trusts publish a new report that sets a vision for our marine environment post Brexit. It identifi...
2017-10-24 Hedgehog season Hedgehog season
Tuesday 24 October, 2017
This time of year you may see hedgehogs and be concerned if they need help and if so what to do. Time is of the essen...
2017-10-13 Safeguarding water supply at t Safeguarding water supply at the Trinity Broads
Friday 13 October, 2017
The supply of drinking water from the Trinity Boards has been secured for many years to come, thanks to an innovative...
2017-10-11 Powerful Climate Change Exhibi Powerful Climate Change Exhibition at Cley
Wednesday 11 October, 2017
Norfolk Wildlife Trust will bring to Norfolk the work of award-winning photographer Ashley Cooper; known globally for...
2017-10-02 New report links volunteering New report links volunteering in nature with better mental health
Monday 02 October, 2017
A new report which examines the effects of volunteering in nature on people’s mental health is published by The...
2017-09-20 Cley Calling – Autumn Colours Cley Calling – Autumn Colours
Wednesday 20 September, 2017
This autumn, you can explore North Norfolk’s colourful coastal landscape and culture as part of NWT’s ...