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Join us for our first ever Bioblitz at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve!

15th February 2019

On Saturday April 27th we will be conducting our first Bioblitz of Gosforth Park Nature Reserve (GPNR) and we need your help to record as many species as possible throughout the day.

All are welcome to visit GPNR where a range of activities will take place to bring you and your entire family up close and personal with North East nature. Among these, insect-hunting, bird ringing, moth trapping and, for younger visitors, a tree trail and dedicated pond-dipping area. With all activities hosted by friendly, knowledgeable experts who will be more than happy to help you identify your finds.

While all activities are intended to be free, fun and educational, they also serve an important purpose: to help us assess just how many species can be found at Gosforth Park. This event will contribute to this year’s City Nature Challenge – an international event designed to encourage people to find and document as many plants and animals as possible in cities across the globe. Its core aim is to establish how wildlife is faring in urban areas and document the incredible array of species living alongside us in our cities.

Run by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, 2019 will see Newcastle take part in the challenge for the very first time. With the recording effort spearheaded by the Natural History Society of Northumbria, Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums and The Enviromental Records Information Centre North East. Here, the city will compete against others from across the globe, including Bristol, Barcelona and Buenos Aires, to find the most species and engage the most people with urban wildlife. No easy feat, but possible with your help!

Alongside our partners, we want Gosforth Park Nature Reserve to take home the prize as ‘Newcastle’s most biodiverse site’ but, to make this happen, we’re going to need a little help. That’s why we’re asking you to come along, bring friends and family, and help us record wildlife throughout the day. From flowers and fish to birds, bumblebees and bats – each and every record counts. Pick-up a recording sheet and scour the reserve yourself, or take part in one (or all!) of our activities to contribute.

Whether you’re a naturalist keen to delve head-first into wildlife recording, or a nature lover seeking to discover wildlife on your doorstep, drop by the reserve from 10.30am-3.00pm to get involved. Parking will be available outside the reserve, on Salters Lane. Please note that no dogs are allowed on site.