Sunday, 31 May 2015

Bioblitz! Looking for bugs, plants and animals with Solway Wetlands Partnership

Bioblitz fun....what a great way to spend 24 hours! The idea of a bioblitz is to find as many different species as possible on a chosen site. I love everything about nature and every so I decided to go along and help at the bioblitz organised by Naomi Hewitt at the Solway Wetlands Partnership on the RSPB Campfield Marsh site. 

Four Spotted Chaser, Libellula quadrimaculata
The bioblitz ran for 24 hours from the evening of Friday 29th May through to the Saturday evening. During that time we tried to record as many different species as possible. Also on hand to help were people from Natural England and experts such as entomologists, lepidopterists, chiropterologists and herpetologists.....more commonly known as experts of insects, butterflies, bats and reptiles!! Please note any bugs collected were done so for identification purposes by experts and were released safely back to their homes.

Great Diving Water Beetle, Dytiscus marginalis
I went along on Friday evening and Saturday morning and even during that time we had recorded a lot of different species and there were a few first sightings for me, for example a water scorpion - very cool and newt eggs wrapped up in leaves - also very cool!

The idea of this blog is just simply to share some of my photos from the day, rather than writing too much. Enjoy.....

9 Spined Stickleback, Pungitius pungitius
Lesser Water Boatman, Corixa punctata
Common Frog tadpoles with legs and eyes!!
Rana temporaria
Water Scorpion, Nepidae Sp.
Dragonfly larvae
Great Pond Snails, Lymnaea stagnalis and another aquatic snail!
Great Diving Beetle, Dysticus circumflexus

Great Diving Beetle, Dysticus circumflexus
Eggs from a smooth or plamate newt - found in folded leaves
Cowslip, Primula veris
Wood Forget-Me-Not, Myosotis sylvatica
Red Campion, Silene dioica
Drinker Moth Caterpillar, Euthrix potatoria
Orange Tip Butterfly, showing underwings
Anthocharis cardamines
Camouflage - Orange tip butterfly against the cow parsley!!
Large Red Damselfly, Pyrrhosoma nymphula
Azure Damselfly, Coenagrion puella
Damselfly land!
Green Dock Beetle, Gastrophysa viridula
Dock Beetle Eggs
Common Toad, Bufo bufo
Pale Prominent Moth, Pterostoma palpina
Square Spot Moth, Paradarisa consonaria
So that is just a snippet of what we found out on our bioblitz and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in nature. The best thing about a bioblitz is the sharing of knowledge. When you get a group of nature geeks together it is amazing what you can learn from each other. The natural world never ceases to amaze me and there are so many cleaver and adaptable species out there. You only need to explore a small section of hedgerow and it is amazing what you can find. In fact, I may try my own little survey close to home....

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