There is a ‘Bioblitz’ style event this weekend in Belstead Brook Park organised by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust (details can be found here).
Working closely with Suffolk Wildlife Trust and many other groups, the event will be trying to survey and identify as many species of plants and animals as possible in about 24 hours.
It will be based in Kiln Meadow, just off Marbled White Drive and hopes to cover Kiln Meadow, Spring Wood, Millennium Wood, Bobbits wet meadows, Ashground Plantation and maybe even the Bourne Park reed beds – so we should be able to record a huge number of species.
We hope the public will park carefully around Marbled White Drive, but you are very welcome (if coming by car) to park in the small informal parking area we use for Spring Wood Day, just off Bobbits Lane.
More details of the programme of events is below:
Saturday 10th June – 8.30pm – Night Safari – including bats, moths and nocturnal mammals (with night vision equipment)
Sunday 11th June
5.00am Dawn Chorus Walk
7.00am Small mammal survey
9.00am Moth trap emptying
10.00am Reptiles (and amphibians)
11.00am Dormice and mammals
12.00noon General Wildlife walk
1.00pm Official launch of ‘Wild Ipswich’ (including photo opportunity for press etc)
2.00pm General wildlife walk
3.30pm Butterflies and other insects etc
10am – 5pm – bug hunts, wildlife homes, craft activities and geology.
There will be experts on hand for as many specialist areas as possible – so a great chance to learn from some extraordinarily capable naturalists!
The event is suitable for everyone from families to wildlife nuts!