Just to say that the bioblitz went amazingly well and we are still collating the data. Our expectations were well met and exceeded by some of our finds. We have footage of an otter from the Saturday night thanks to the camera traps we left as well as roe deer, and probably the rarest of the lot a water shrew. There was also footage of Davina’s cat!
Other than this we are getting in all the species lists from the many county recorders taht came along for the weekend and we are getting wonderful information on bugs, plants, snails ( including what looks like only the third recorded site for a particular rare snail and moths.
On our early morning dawn chorus walks we discovered a whole host of birds including the extremely rare finding of a pair of breeding Willow Tits. This is Britain’s most rapidly declining species and has lost 96% of its population in recent years. It needs standing dead wood to nest in and has found some on our site! This is exciting news indeed!
We also found Brown Long-eared Bats as well as Common and Soprano Pipistrelles….
This has been an undoubted success and will let us now work on a management plan for the site and ascertain what would be the most beneficial things to do. It is an extremely exciting time and all the specialists felt that what we have is a very beautiful and interesting site which will provide us with some wonderful sightings and great pleasure in the future.
Thanks to everyone who made sandwiches etc as they were greatly appreciated!