A BioBlitz is an organised wildlife recording event where groups of scientists, naturalists and volunteers get together to survey a designated area in an attempt to record all the living species present.
Every three years, the Wyre catchment partnership and its supporters gets together to undertake wildlife surveys over a short time period in June.
Many of the experts supporting the BioBlitz are enthusiastic amateur naturalists, who aim to identify species from microscopic diatoms to tall trees. In 2021, over 20 experts undertook surveys for the event with specialisms in species such as bramble (of which there are over 350 species occurring in Britain), flies and marine plankton. The amateur naturalists have learnt their skills through years of observation and self motivation, whilst the professionals have lead successful careers in nature conservation, landscape management and education.
The importance of the Wyre Estuary is recognised by a number of national and international designations. In part, this is due to its importance to wading birds and wildfowl as well as its saltmarshes. It also forms part of the Morecambe Bay Special Area of Conservation and is part of the Wyre-Lune Marine Conservation Zone due to its importance for European smelt (Osmerus eperlanus). The Bioblitz is a way that we can monitor change, learn more about the habitats and raise awareness of the issues in the catchment.
You can find out more about what we found in the previous Bioblitzes by downloading our Bioblitz brochure , or by downloading the full species lists on our resources page.
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