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Here is a (very) quick edit of the big reveal!

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…and the grand tally for the weekend is (drumroll please!)….

Revealing the final species count!

Revealing the final species count!

…454! What an amazing finale to a fantastic 30 hours of species hunting in Arnos Vale Cemetery. This year’s total species count may not be as high as last year’s, but don’t forget that we’re not in the countryside this time!

Amazingly, 8 species never before recorded in Bristol were found over the course of BioBlitz 2012, and 1 species was even a new record for Avon. And don’t forget, 454 species is just the total so far, with that number set to rise as unidentified records are confirmed by our team of experts. Great work!

The crowds gather for the final species count result

The crowds gather for the final species count result

From cuckoos to cardinal beetles, the diversity of species we’ve witnessed here at Arnos Vale has been staggering, and we’re proud that such a wealth of nature is flourishing at the heart of Bristol.

We think that all of the hundreds of dedicated naturalists, guides, school groups, members of the public, and anybody else who has been at all involved over the last few days have done a hugely impressive job.  We hope you agree!

Cardinal beetle

Cardinal beetle

We hope you had lots of fun discovering new species and places during this year’s BioBlitz. Our thanks to everyone at Arnos Vale for hosting us,  and and to everyone else who joined in.

A toast to all who helped make BioBlitz a great event

Let us know what you enjoyed most, and we hope to see you again next year!

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One minute interview with Tamsin from the Avon Bat Group (and her captive bat, Devon!).

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Pete the Bug Man talks about his Bioblitz experience in 60 seconds.

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In addition to the wildlife here at Arnos Vale cemetery, we can’t help but notice that there seems to have been a minor outbreak of guerilla knitting. Here’s some of the evidence…

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Arnos Vale cemetery is home to all kinds of flora and fauna, including some of the most magnificent trees in the city. Here are a few of the trees and flowers we’ve seen on our travels today.

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Late nights and bright lights – sound like your average Saturday evening? Not if you’re with the Bristol Moth Group, who were up into the wee hours surveying moths with light traps. Here’s a look at who they are and what they got up to.

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It’s a fantastic day here at the Arnos Vale cemetery in Bristol, with wall-to-wall sunshine and species galore. It’s difficult to think of a better time or a better place for the BioBlitz. Here are a few photos of this most stunning of venues.

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After spending part of yesterday showing children from local schools how to create their own tracking trap Gill Brown left out her own larger traps overnight here at Arnos Vale in the hope of tempting in some local wildlife when they sniffed the nutty aroma of the breakfast spread peanut butter. She left one trap right next to the path and one in a more hidden location.

Hedgehog tracker

Hedgehog tracker

Earlier on this morning Gill checked her traps and found the footprints pictured below. Can you tell what animal made them?

Hedgehog footprints

If you said Hedgehog you were absolutely right, exactly what Gill and the rest of the Bioblitz team were hoping for. With the evidence of these identifiable black sticky prints we can now add Hedgehogs to our species count.

If you want to know how to make your own tracking trap be sure to look at our previous videos with Gill’s explanation.

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After a late night and a very early morning for the Bioblitz team the tally has shot up to an impressive 352. However there is still time left and with the help of the public will we be able to up it further?

Tally Sat 13:30

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