Local naturalists are preparing to find as many wildlife species as possible in a city centre park.
A 24-hour ‘Bioblitz’ will take place in Jesmond Dene in September as part of the British Science Festival, held this year in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
The organisers are appealing for people of all ages and abilities to come along and help them to find and identify species of animals, birds, insects and plants.
The event will commence with participants recording their first species of the day on a walk with wildlife rangers. The Bioblitz will continue throughout the day and into the night, with various family-fun activities to get involved in, including mini-beast hunts, pond dipping, bird watching, bat walks and moth trapping.
The following Monday sees children from St. Theresa’s Catholic Primary School record the last of the species that they find, followed by their announcement of the grand species total, closing the Bioblitz.
The Bioblitz has been organised by the Natural History Society of Northumbria, Newcastle City Council and the Environmental Records Information Centre (ERIC) North East to help improve our knowledge of Newcastle’s wildlife and show people just what can be found on their doorstep.
James Littlewood, Director of the Natural History Society of Northumbria says: “It is amazing the different species that can be seen in a wildlife corridor like Jesmond Dene. If we are lucky we hope to see or find evidence of Otters, Kingfishers and Daubenton’s Bats.”
Activities are starting from the Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre in Jesmond Dene at 10am, Sunday 8 September.
Full details can be found in the activities section.