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It’s amazing what you can find in a British woodland. Today there have been serveral guided woodland walks, and we joined David Molesworth to suss out some of the local plants.


David on an identifying spree

Species of interest included lords and ladies (Arum maculatum) just up the path from the base camp. This plant has a fascinating flower which unfortunately isn’t out at the moment!


Lords and ladies

Two steps up the path and we’ve stopped again. This time it’s sweet chestnut catching David’s eye. This well known tree species was introduced by the Romans 2000 years ago.


Sweet chestnuts

We also come across a number of different moss species (brought back to the lab for proper identification), broad butler ferns, small hawthorn plants and some garlic mustard (which we find out tastes bitter!) All of this and more in 10 metres of woodland.

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Just under twelve hours to go until the Bristol BioBlitz 2011 at the Tyntesfield estate in Wraxall. The organisers are putting the final touches to the marathon 30-hour programme, our naturalists are brushing up on their species identification, the guides are planning their routes and the media team are booting up their laptops.

It all starts at 9am tomorrow morning and keeps going non-stop until 3pm on Saturday. We’re racing against the clock to identify as many species of animals, birds, insects, trees, plants and fungi as we possibly can. And we need your help. With our experienced naturalists on hand to guide you, learn more about the wildlife in your local area and take part in a real scientific biodiversity survey.

Find out more about the event or get directions to Tyntesfield. It’s all completely free and we’d love to see you there.

If you can’t make it to the BioBlitz but would like to stay involved, then you can follow our progress here on our blog. We’ll be posting new discoveries, photos, interviews and short films throughout the event. And we’ll be keeping you up to date with the all-important species count as results come in.

Whether you’re coming to Tyntesfield or following the event online, we hope you enjoy it as much as we know we will. And do share your ideas, thoughts, stories and photos. You’ll find the media team at the Sawmill throughout the event or you can contact us via this blog. We look forward to hearing from you. Happy counting!

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