Bioblitz – the results

The weekend before last we hosted our first-ever Bioblitz at the reserve. The idea was simple; we recruited a team of naturalists to record as many different species of flora and fauna as possible in the space of 24 hours. Having never attempted anything like it before, we weren’t sure exactly what to expect, but we set ourselves the ambitious target of 1000 species. This of course was dependent on all sorts of factors, not least the weather. This year the cold and wet conditions have meant insects, in particular, have suffered badly.

As it turned out, we didn’t quite meet our target, but we weren’t far off. We finished with a grand total of 905 species with the list broken down as follows:

Birds – 108
Mammals – 21
Plants – 296
Lichens -47
Brypophytes – 30
Fungi – 20
Lepidoptera – 142
Aquatic Invertebrates – 14
Reptiles and amphibians – 3
Fish – 6
Molluscs – 12
Gals – 9
Invertebrates – 197


Broad-boadied Chaser by Will Kirstein

Stinkhorn Fungus by Geoffrey Hall

There were several relatively common species that we missed – including Marsh and Willow Tit and several species of butterflies and moths that would have been recorded in better conditions, but given the fact that the weather was mixed at best, we don’t think its a bad effort! Of course none of this would have been possible without the team of naturalists who came along; we’re extremely grateful to all of them for coming and lending their expert eye. Many of them shared their knowledge and enthusiasm on guided walks during the day and volunteer Dave Cole was there to film it all – click on the video below to see some of the highlights.If you would like to see the full species list from the day, please email me and I’ll send it to you.