Over the weekend of 1st and 2nd June, hundreds of people across the UK took part in the country’s first national Garden Bioblitz event.
It was a huge success, even featuring on Springwatch and in BBC Wildlife Magazine, and we had loads of positive feedback from people who had enjoyed scouring their gardens for all manner of plant and animal life. It was great to see everyone having so much fun, showing so much enthusiasm and discovering new things! It was also fantastic to see so many people getting their kids involved.
My own bioblitz involved a lot of sitting outside in the sunshine while getting strange looks from my neighbours as I peered into the flowerbeds and aimed my camera into bushes. Like many others who took part, I was really suprised this year by the apparent lack of insects – presumably the result of last year’s washout summer and this year’s cold spring. I did see some great hoverflies though, including at least two that were quite convincing bee mimics. As in previous years, there were also plenty of woodlice and snails to photograph and identify, plus the nice treat of some screaming swifts flying overhead. I would have some way to go to beat Richard Comont’s amazing 300+ species tally, but I don’t think 70+ was too bad for my tiny urban garden!
If you took part and haven’t yet uploaded your records, there’s still time – you have until the end of June to upload them to iRecord. We are interested in every single sighting, so make sure yours counts!
A huge thank you to everyone who has submitted their records already – to date we’ve received over 22,000 records for 2,400+ species/taxa. An incredible achievement!
We really hope that everyone enjoyed the event and had fun discovering the wildlife on their doorsteps. You can find a summary of the results so far, including a breakdown of the different species groups recorded, at Richard Comont’s blog.
Why not also check out our Garden Bioblitz info centre for the latest totals and league table! If you took any interesting photos during the event, you can also share them on our Flickr group. We’d love to hear about how your Garden Bioblitzes went, so do get in touch and let us know how you got on and what your favourite findings were!
Finally, a huge thank you to the rest of the Garden Bioblitz team – Jane Adams, Richard Comont, John van Breda and Ryan Clark – as well as to the many different individuals and organisations who have helped and supported us. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Watch this space for details of the Garden Bioblitz 2014!