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Team of volunteers

Team of volunteers

The Wildscreen office will be pretty quiet today, with half the team swapping the confines of the office to help out with BioBlitz as volunteers. Exchanging computers for cameras and clipboards, the Wildscreen team are ready and raring to get involved!

Being biologists themselves, the Wildscreen team couldn’t wait to get stuck in and start digging around for species to add to the tally. With a gap in the schools schedule mid-afternoon, half of the team made their way to the wettest, dirtiest place they could find – the pond!

Putting her field work skills to good use, guide Becky delved straight in and impressed us all with her knowledge of freshwater invertebrates…..Lymnaea stagnalis, the azure damselfly and the palmate newt were all quickly identified with expert conviction.

Becky identifying freshwater invertebrates

Becky identifying freshwater invertebrates

Bonnie, Becky and Lauren identifying damselfly larvae

Bonnie, Becky and Lauren identifying damselfly larvae

Male Azure damselfly, Lymnaea stagnalis

Male Azure damselfly, Lymnaea stagnalis

While the Wildscreen guides continued their foraging for new and exciting species, Laura bullied some of Wildscreen’s media team contingent into divulging their most exciting finds of the day. We’ll have a video of their thoughts on the day so far for you soon!

Laura interviewing Wildscreen volunteers Becky, Ben and George

Laura interviewing Wildscreen volunteers Becky, Ben and George

We at the Wildscreen team have been having great fun down at BioBlitz so far – we’re looking forward to hearing the latest tally and getting back out there later this afternoon. Come down and join us and the other volunteers and get involved!

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With just over an hour to go until the first groups arrive, the Media Team are already busy setting up all the equipment.

Setting up the cameras

Throughout the day we will be bringing you updates in the form of photos, videos, and news. Even during the walk from the car park we spotted plenty of action, including a pair of crows mobbing a bird of prey! At the moment the weather is looking extremely promising, even though a few of us got drizzled on earlier.

Right, back to setting everything up! Hope to see you later!

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Trying to catalogue as many species as possible in a given area isn’t really all that easy. We came across these volunteers in the middle of a field, having a go at butterflies. Check out the video to see how it all gets done!

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Mere moments before kick off, a quick briefing for volunteers took place. Berry, the BioBlitz co-ordinator, and Harriet Martin, the volunteer co-ordinator quickly ran over the final points.

Harriet talking to the volunteers

Harriet talking to the volunteers

It’s a bit damp but everybody is eager to get going!

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The Meeting

There’s no going back now; the UK’s biggest BioBlitz is only a day or so away. Not to worry though, everybody is well prepared for the 30 hour race against the clock to catalogue every living thing that does or doesn’t move in Bristol’s Ashton Court estate.

Berry Goddard, the BioBlitz co-ordinator

Berry Goddard, the BioBlitz co-ordinator

Volunteers and event organisers met today in the Bristol University Medical Sciences building for a final briefing before everything kicks off. Berry Goddard, BioBlitz co-ordinator, ran everybody through the necessary procedures.

Volunteers listen on in earnst

Volunteers listen on in earnest

The room was packed full of eager scientists and naturalists, each on hand to lend their expertise and enthusiasm. Many points were raised and questions asked, but Berry and the team are ready for just about anything.

Scientists and naturalists fill the stands

Keep an eye on this blog for further updates in the build-up to the BioBlitz!

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