Next weekend Rutland Water Nature Reserve will be holding its annual bioblitz event. Why not combine a visit to see the Ospreys at Lyndon and come along and help us beat last year’s total of 905 species in 24 hours?
Here’s all you need to know about the bioblitz …
Rutland Water is famous for its birds, but the nature reserve supports an amazing diversity of other species too. On 6th and 7th July we’ll be trying to record them all at our annual bioblitz. The idea is simple – from midday on Saturday to midday on Sunday we’ll be attempting to record everything that creeps, crawls, flutters and flies. And what’s more you can come and give us a helping hand as we attempt to beat our target of 1000 species!
For the 24 hours of the bioblitz access to the nature reserve will be completely free. All you need to do is come and register at the Birdwatching Centre at Egleton. On arrival you’ll be given your very own Bioblitz Bible; which will be full of practical information about the event as well as lots of hints and tips. It will also contain a recording form, helping you to keep track of what you’ve seen and to submit your sightings at the end of the day. And don’t worry – you don’t need to be an expert to help out. Nature reserve staff and volunteers will be on hand all day to give you a helping hand.
In addition to free access to the reserve, we’ll also be offering a range of guided walks and events on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. On Saturday evening there’ll be a guided bat walk at the Birdwatching Centre and moth trapping at the Lyndon Visitor Centre. Then on Sunday morning from 9am until 12noon there’ll be a bird ringing demonstration, small mammal trapping, sweep netting for invertebrates and pond-dipping in search of underwater life. Local expert Phil Rudkin will also be leading a guided walk to help you learn about the reserve’s grasshoppers and crickets at 10:30am. We’ll also be running a mini-blitz to see how many species we can record from 11am until 12 noon. You don’t need to register for any of the Sunday activities, but click on the links if you would like to go bat watching or moth trapping.