September 26th, 2016

Wildlife blitz at Pershore’s Avon Meadows aims to beat species total

Wildlife blitz at Pershore’s Avon Meadows aims to beat species total Wildlife blitz at Pershore’s Avon Meadows aims to beat species total
Updated: 9:43 am, Jun 10, 2016

BUDDING wildlife enthusiasts will be able to spend 19 hours finding and recording as many different plants and animal species as possible at Pershore’s Avon Meadows.

After a successful find last year, the BioBlitz event is being held once again at the wetlands on Saturday, June 18 with the hope visitors will beat the 2015 total of 401 species found.

Species not just new to Avon Meadows, but also to Worcestershire as a whole were found last year including four different types of fly which have never been recorded in the county before.

Between 5am and midnight visitors will be able to look for new kinds of wildlife, with each hour having its own wildlife theme from small mammals, to plants and from bats to bees.

Liz Etheridge, Wychavon’s Wetlands for All Officer, said: “We’re planning to have microscopes and a big screen set up at our base camp so we can look closely at some of the smaller creatures we’ll find, as well as wildlife tanks that will let you see the underwater world of Avon Meadows without getting wet.

“Of course, our interactive app is always there to help you spot wildlife, but we’ll be there to show you how to use it and how you can use other apps to record wildlife wherever you are.”

The event is free and visitors are able to turn up at any point during the day without booking.

An event programme is available from the Civic Centre in Pershore.

An Avon Meadows wildlife is app is also free to download via the App Store or on Google Play.

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