On Saturday 11th August and Sunday 12th August 2018 the Friends Of Rose Hill and the Greater Manchester Ecology Unit will be conducting a BioBlitz at Rose Hill Woods! Come along on Saturday evening for a Bat Walk and on Sunday we will continue our BioBlitz with Bird & Flora/Fauna Walks on Sunday. Help us to identify all the species living in the woods and feel the wonder of Rose Hill Woods for yourself.
A gazebo will be close to the entrance as a central focal point where species
records can be entered onto a database as they’re recorded and where advice can be given.
The gazebo is also the starting point for the various ‘nature walks’ through the wood.
The Bioblitz will begin at dusk on Saturday with a guided bat talk and walk and setting out live traps
for small mammals. A moth trap will also be set to run all night. Early the next morning
the moth trap and the mammal traps will be checked and species recorded and released.
There would also be an early morning bird walk.
Later in the morning botanists and insect surveyors will arrive and begin their recording in
the wood. Identification guides and recording materials would also be given out to any
volunteers wishing to help with the Bioblitz. Two or three guided walks will be led through
the woodland in the afternoon.
In the late afternoon and early evening all the records collected during the day will be
collated and entered into the database to arrive at an audit of the woodland.
So what is a BioBlitz?
A BioBlitz is an intense period of ecological surveying in an attempt to record all the
living species within a designated area in a set time. Groups of naturalists and volunteers
conduct surveys over a continuous time period (usually 24 hours). There is a public
component to many BioBlitzes, with the goal of getting the public interested in biodiversity.
A BioBlitz has different opportunities and benefits than a traditional, scientific field study.
Enjoyment – Instead of a highly structured and measured field survey, this sort of event
is much more fun. The short time frame makes the searching more
Local – The concept of biodiversity tends to be associated with coral reefs or tropical rain
forests. A BioBlitz offers the chance for people to visit a nearby setting and see that local
parks have biodiversity and are important to conserve.
Discovery – Bioblitzes can help to draw public attention to places that have sometimes
been overlooked and neglected
Science – These one-day events gather basic taxonomic information on some groups of
Meet the Ecologists – A BioBlitz encourages people to meet working ecologists and ask
Identifying rare and unique species/groups – When volunteers and scientists work
together, they are sometimes able to identify uncommon or special habitats for
protection and management and, in some cases, rare species may be uncovered.
Documenting species occurrence – BioBlitzes do not provide a complete species
inventory for a site because species can appear at different times of the year, but they
do provide a species list which makes a good basis for a more complete inventory and
will often show what area or what taxon would benefit from a further study.