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Virtual Garden BioBlitz 2020 - join us!

Saturday 30th May 2020, 12:00pm

On Saturday 30th May from 12 noon to Sunday 31st May at 12 noon the Orkney Field Club will be holding a virtual Bioblitz.  A Bioblitz is a 24 hour wildlife survey, normally carried out on a single site, with the aim of identifying and recording as many species as possible.  As we are under Covid-19 restrictions we are making it a Virtual BioBlitz that everyone in Orkney is invited to take part in!

We encourage everyone to go out into their gardens at some point or points during this time and to make a list of everything they can identify!  Our team and local experts will be on hand via our Facebook group OrkneyBioblitz2020 to help identify any species you are finding tricky- it could be flowers, birds, insects, or anything!  You can also join in by sharing your list of species seen or images using Twitter hashtag #orkneybioblitz2020.

The idea of a BioBlitz is to create as many wildlife records as possible, which can then be used by conservation organisations to help them in their work.  We will make sure all the records go to the Orkney Wildlife Information and Records Centre (OWIRC).  Click below for instructions on how to take part, and recording forms- an Excel spreadsheet for digital submissions and PDF for those who prefer to submit by post:

Virtual BioBlitz Instructions

BioBlitz recording form - for digital submissions

BioBlitz recording form - for postal submissions

We’d like as many people as possible to take part! It doesn’t matter how many or few species you see or can identify, there’s sure to be something through the day that can be added. And please get your family, children and friends joining in too!

If you have any questions regarding the event please email orkneybioblitz@gmail.com

Thank you, and happy BioBlitzing!

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