Chris Packham’s Bioblitz Campaign – Coming to Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, Belfast

Tuesday 17th April 2018

Bog Meadows Nature ReserveBog Meadows Nature Reserve

TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham is to come to Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, in west Belfast, as part of the first independent audit of its kind in the UK involving Citizen Science. His goal is to highlight the extent to which the nation’s species are under threat.

On Tuesday 17 July 2018 (times TBC), he’ll visit this urban wildlife haven, managed by Ulster Wildlife, one of 48 sites across the country he’ll be stopping off as part of his UK Bioblitz – nature reserves are not enough! Campaign. Everyone is invited to join Chris, the team at Ulster Wildlife, volunteers and local wildlife experts at this event and help count Bog Meadows’s wildlife – further details to follow.

Chris’s UK Bioblitz – nature reserves are not enough! Campaign has a serious purpose, as the results of the 2018 audit will be recorded to create a benchmark: this will help measure the rise and fall in numbers of different species on these sites in the future.

He’ll be starting off in the Scottish Highlands on July 14th and from there, over the course of 10 days, he’ll weave his way across the UK, taking in Northern Ireland, Wales and parts of England along the route. All forms of life will be investigated in this snapshot of the country’s wildlife: from flies to fungi, mammals to moths and birds to butterflies.

At each site Chris and the UK Bioblitz team which includes 100’s of experts, young conservationists and filmmakers and people from all backgrounds and abilities will be helped by species specialists, alongside enthusiastic amateurs, to pinpoint the winners and losers in the battle for Britain’s countryside.

Chris Packham comments: “I’m doing this because I want to highlight that the UK’s landscape is in big trouble. We should have a far greater expectation of having wildlife around us all of the time but sadly we find ourselves going to nature reserves.”

The ultimate aim is to celebrate some conservation success stories, but also to flag up some of its failures.

Chris concludes: “We treat them like they’re museums and art galleries, we go there, we get fully satisfied there’s lots of life, but on the way home when we’re driving through the countryside there’s nothing left. Some parts of it are absolutely bereft, they’re deserts, and what we want to do is say to people ‘that’s not good enough’. We want wildlife everywhere; nature reserves are not enough”

 

The campaign is also Crowd-funding with all monies raised being distributed back into grassroots front-line conservation projects they’ve visited throughout the campaign, as well as The National Autistic Society.

Visit www.chrispackham.co.uk to follow the Bioblitz.

And join the Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/221259578624823/

-Ends-


Mon 16th July: NORTHERN IRELAND
McIlroy Park, Lagan Valley Regional Park - Co. Antrim (public welcome)
An Creagan - Co. Tyrone (public welcome)
Milford Cutting - Co. Armagh (invite only)
Murlough - Co. Down (public welcome)
Killard - Co. Down (public welcome)

Tue 17th July: NORTHERN IRELAND 
Wildflower Alley - Belfast (Co. Antrim) (invite only)
Crescent Arts Centre - Belfast (Co. Antrim) (invite only)
Bog Meadows - Belfast (Co. Antrim) (public welcome)

 

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