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Come and build a bird box or bee home at BioBlitz today!

We’ve also been chatting with with Keith and Linda from Specialised Nestboxes, you can catch up with their exciting interview later today.

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Nest boxes

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With a night of venturing into the nocturnal world of bats, moths and other mini-beasts, our BioBlitz 2013 total has increased again! We have now discovered a fantastic 321 species here at Kings Weston House. And with our naturalists raring to go this morning, the tally is looking set to increase.

So come down and join us!

The new tally

The new tally

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At dusk this evening a keen group of bat detectives set off on dark and eerie mystery trail around Kings Weston Estate with the hope of tracking down some of the UK’s 12 native bat species.

Led by David Brown with the assistance of fellow bat detector Claire Shellis, the group set off and within about 400 yards of the house we spotted our first flying mammal! Our hand-held bat detectors started to buzz and we turned our heads to the skies where, right above us, a common pipistrelle bat was darting around hunting for insects.

Thrilled by our our first sighting, we carried on walking to find just around the corner a myotis species flying overhead. Our bat detectors were making very different sounds compared to a few moments ago. Bats use high frequency calls, most beyond the range of our human ears, in order to build up a picture of their surroundings, allowing them to hunt for their insect prey at night. Claire explained that the reason why we were hearing different noises from our bat detectors was due to the different frequencies of call used by the two bat species – whereas the common pipistrelle makes a slapping wet sound, myotis species produce a much more dry sound.

As the darkness really started to settle in and the woodlands became eerier, our bat detectors suddenly started producing a much more irregular sound. David soon revealed that what we were hearing was the calls of a serotine bat, which are easily recognisable as they never seem to get into a rhythm! A low flier, the serotine certainly kept the group on their toes!

And if you thought that bats only came out when birds went to bed, you are mistaken!The woodpigeons were particularly active on our brisk walk back to the headquarters at Kings Weston House…!

That’s all from day 1 of the Bristol BioBlitz 2013. We are off to recharge our camera batteries so we can keep you posted on all the activities planned for tomorrow as well as keeping our eye on that all important species total!

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This afternoon the Wildscreen Media Team joined Paul House to learn all about how ornithologists catch wild birds in order to ring them and monitor populations.

Paul and his team have set up a number of mist nets around the Kings Weston site so that we can discover the variety of bird species found here. Mist nets are an important tool for scientists as they help to monitor the diversity as well as the number and populations of bird species within a within a given area.

Find out all about it in Kathryn’s interview with Paul:

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After a morning and afternoon of species hunting with the school children of Bristol, we have a fantastic new total of 256 species! Well done everyone!!

New species total!

New species total!

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Wildscreen Media Team member Kathryn joins Tony the naturalist as he takes a group of budding entomologists on an invertebrate discovery mission.

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We’re gearing up for an exciting evening of activity, with BioBlitz running into the night with the moth and bat walks. Will you be joining BioBlitz this evening? How many species will you discover?!

Moth revision

Moth revision

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After a slow start with the bird ringing we finally had a visitor! This juvenile male blackbird made an appearance just after we’d put our video cameras and ringing tools away, but luckily one intrepid photographer was around to capture the moment. Catch up with us shortly when we’ll have an interview with bird specialist Paul House.

Juvenile blackbird at BioBlitz

Juvenile blackbird at BioBlitz

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With the bird spotters back, the plant hunters returned and the mammal seekers on top form, our latest tally has more than doubled. We’ve now spied 121 species here at Kings Weston House!

BioBlitz Spotter Helen

BioBlitz Spotter Helen

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Spring is well and truly under way at Kings Weston House, and here’s the evidence! Find out some top facts about this gorgeous spring arrival with ARKive.

Bluebells at BioBlitz

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