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The Bristol BioBlitz is a great day out, but it’s also a real scientific biodiversity survey. We caught up with the boffins from BRERC, who are coordinating the count, to find out how it works.

BRERC is the Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre. They have twenty staff and volunteers at the event over the next day and a half, whose job is to make sure that the species data is collected accurately, to enter the data onto the master computer and to keep count of the species that we’ve identified.

The BRERC environmental records team in action

Our records team working tirelessly to keep the tally going

We have specially-designed survey forms for the BioBlitz, with maps of the Tyntesfield estate so that people can record not only what they have found, but where it is. This allows us to build up a picture of the species living and growing here, and to make the records available to everyone who is interested in the local flora, fauna and funghi.

So our work here today is not just great educational fun for all the family; it’s also helping scientists to learn more about the wildlife in Bristol and to make this data available to researchers from around the world.

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