Tree walk

Tree walk

Last weekend for the very first time the Park put on a BioBlitz event. The idea being to find all possible species living in our 2,000 acres over a 24 hour period.

 

With the help of over 40 expert helpers and a data recording team from Hampshire County Council’s Biodiversity Information Centre (HBIC) by the end of the event 787 records had been made covering 475 different species. By 4pm on the Sunday there were still many records still to be logged so this total should get even higher.

 

 

 The event began at 4pm on the Saturday with a tree id walk, followed by a bird walk, moth trapping overnight and then a dawn walk at 4.30am on the Sunday. Things got busier the next day with the arrival of many species experts and various family friendly activities.   

HBIC data recording

HBIC data recording

The aim of a BioBlitz is to raise awareness of biodiversity in general and also to identify key habitats and species which will need special management in the future.

For more information about HBIC which is tasked with bringing together information about all Hampshire’s wildlife and to collate, manage and disseminate this data go to www.hants.gov.uk/biodiversity/hbic

There are more wildlife talks and walks taking place at QECP in the near future. On the 25th August there will be a guided walk in QE Forest, and on the 30th September a spider walk in the nearby Buriton Chalk Pits. Pre-booking required for both walks.

For the full events programme go to www.hants.gov.uk/qecp

 

 

 

 

Bird ringing

Bird ringing

 

Visitor centre

Visitor centre

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