Oxfordshire’s first ever BioBlitz. A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying where groups of scientists, naturalists and volunteers conduct an intensive field study over 24 hours, in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. The event will be based at Science Oxford Live, and participation will be free. During the 24 hours of the event, wildlife experts will be based at Science Oxford Live to help identify the species that members of the public have found. In addition to the base at Science Oxford Live, two “outstations” will be set up which will provide a hub for activities out in the field. These will include programmed events looking at local ecology, such as bat walks, tree trails, or earthworm charming. Local people will be encouraged to search for wildlife, literally in their own back yards! Within the survey area there are approximately 1000 homes (and almost as many gardens), with around 2600 inhabitants. But the area also includes a surprising diversity of other habitats, including parkland, river, meadow, and unmanaged woodland.
This is an accredited Meet the Species event helping to find and identify 2,012 species of UK wildlife before the end of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For more information, or to get your own wildlife event accredited with Meet the Species, see www.meetthespecies.org.uk.
Meet the Species is part of Discovering Places – the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Campaign to inspire the UK to discover their local environment. It is co-ordinated by the Bristol Natural History Consortium, and has joined forces with Local Leaders and Garden for the Games to get as many people as possible enjoying the outdoors and getting closer to nature in a diverse range of events.
23 June 2012, 12pm
Science Oxford Live, 1-5 London Place, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 1BD
Buses 8, 4A and X13 all stop nearby.