BioBlitz: 500 Species and counting!


Corfe Mullen's first BioBlitz wildlife survey on August Bank Holiday Saturday was a great success, exceeding all expectations. The purpose was to find and record information on as many types of wildlife as possible in Corfe Mullen during the 12 hour period of the event. Dozens turned up participate in the survey, organised by Jane Adams of Corfe Mullen Nature Watch with Dorset Wildlife Trust. Several individual experts in various fields also came along to help identify specimens and answer people's questions.
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The number of species registered is close to 500 and likely to be well over that figure when it's all been recorded, which is very good news.


People taking part in the day's activities appeared to find it interesting and were well supplied with tea and sandwiches the Village Hall, the HQ for the day, where the sightings were recorded and the tally shown live on a big screen.

Andrew Dawes from BBC Radio 4's "Saving Species" was there with equipment and recorded interviews with several people. His record of the day can be heard on the programme on Thursday 9th September at 9pm and on iplayer.
See BBC Saving Species for programme information, including an iplayer link and a picture of the opening next to the Village Hall.

Other links:
Corfe Mullen Nature Watch
Dorset Wildlife Trust
Open University
Dorset Butterfly Conservation

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