What is a BioBlitz?
A BioBlitz is an exciting race against the clock.
Over a 24 hour period, scientists, naturalists and members of the public work together to find as many species as possible within a defined location.
Not only is a BioBlitz great fun, but it also collects useful biodiversity information which can help conservation.
As CEDaR is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, we have teamed up with one of our long term partners, National Trust, to take part in 2 coastal BioBlitzes. These coastal BioBlitzes are part of a nationwide event of 25 coastal National Trust sites around England, Wales and Northern Ireland to celebrate 50 years of Project Neptune.
The first will be in Whitepark Bay on Saturday 20th June and the second in Murlough NNR, Co. Down on Saturday 4th July.
The focus of these two events will be very much on encouraging new recorders so anyone who would be interested in demonstrating recording or leading a recording party during the event please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’d love to see you all there to help celebrate these two important anniversaries.
And, if you are wondering about Ireland’s BioBlitz… Liam and his team are taking a well-earned break this year but will no doubt be back with something new and exciting next year.
Glenarm Castle Estate
The Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR), with the support of Northern Ireland Environment Agency and in partnership with Ulster Wildlife and Butterfly Conservation Northern Ireland, held its third BioBlitz at Glenarm Castle Estate
5pm on Friday 23rd May to 5pm on Saturday 24th May
At the end of the 24 hours 1,116 species had been recorded and Glenarm Estate was crowned Ireland's BioBlitz 2014 Champions.
There is a review of the event and a gallery of pictures
from many of the recorders that attended the event and made it such a success.
Colebrooke Estate, Co. Fermanagh
Over a period of 24 hours on the 24th and 25th of May 2013, experts and volunteers at the Colebrooke Estate in County Fermanagh competed against teams in Lough Key Forest Park, Co. Roscommon, The Burren National Park, Co. Clare and Wicklow National Park to claim the title of the All-Ireland Bioblitz champions for 2013. See what happened...
Crawfordsburn Country Park
The moth traps were disappointing on the Friday night (too cold and windy) but on Saturday there was a brilliant turnout and the sun came out. It was great to see so many enthusiastic recorders pulling in pages of species records.Thanks to the collective input of a number of expert recorders and very interested and enthusiastic members of the public we won the competition recording a staggering 984 species in the park over 24 hours continue reading...