Wildlife’s Coming Home!!



Nature lovers turn out to record wildlife on a ‘bioblitz’ day that uncovers biodiversity in the Bollin.

Most people will remember 7th July as the day when England beat Sweden in the World Cup to go on to the semi-finals.  However, also on that day there was a Bioblitz at Riverside Park in Macclesfield; an event to showcase the wildlife found in the park.

The Bioblitz, funded by the People’s Postcode Trust, saw over 100 people of all ages come along to enjoy guided walks, worm charming, River Safari and Pond Dipping activities.  The Bioblitz Trail also went down well with younger nature hunters.  The weather was excellent and just perfect for getting on your hands and knees to look for mini-beasts and bugs, followed by a cooling dip in the river to hunt for fish and riverflies was ideal.  An environmental artist was also there to help create printed pictures of all the bugs, fish, plants and beasts people discovered.


A team of dedicated naturalists and volunteers were on hand to lead guided walks and activities, and also help members of the public identify the insects, plants, birds and other species that they fond – and to log these details to build up a picture of the biodiversity in Riverside Park.

On the day there were 102 different plant, bird, pond, river and butterfly species recorded, which is great news for Riverside Park.  Of the 102 species, there were over 500 individual animals or plants recorded on the day, so many of the species we found were there in abundance.  These records have been collated and sent to the local records centre for Cheshire too add to their database.

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BEACON Project Manager, Sally Potts, said: ‘Today has been a great opportunity for getting young and old involved in looking for, identifying and recording wildlife.  Almost everyone has learned something new about the wildlife around them today, and it’s amazing to see the array of different species and various habitats in a local park that so many people use but don’t associate with all this interesting wildlife.’

Thank you to everyone that came along and made this day a success, watch this space for information on next year’s Bioblitz run by BEACON and the Bollin Valley Partnership. 

For more information on upcoming Bioblitz’s please visit: https://www.bnhc.org.uk/bioblitz/



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