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NEWS RELEASE No: 1650128 MAY 2015

BioBlitz hits Chambers Farm Wood

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Car park and picnic area Chambers farm wood Lincolnshire

The Forestry Commission, along with Lincolnshire Naturalists’ Union, are planning a BioBlitz at Chambers Farm Wood, near Wragby in Lincolnshire on the 5, 6 and 7 June.

A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying to record as many of the living species within a designated area as possible. Records are often incomplete, particularly for invertebrates, so this BioBlitz will help improve the knowledge of what species are living at Chambers Farm Wood.

Between Friday 5 June and Sunday 7 June, a team of naturalists and ecologists will be at the Forestry Commission managed site carrying out detailed scientific recording. However the Forestry Commission and Lincolnshire Naturalists’ Union are also hoping to get local residents in on the activity.

Jenny Boatwright, Ranger for the Forestry Commission, said

“On Sunday 7 June, between 10am and 4pm, we’d love for the public to come and help us add to our species list which will be on display at Chambers Farm Wood. We’ll also be running activities like bush-beating to find invertebrates, a demonstration of the sound analysis of bats, pond dipping and  a gall walk. There’ll also be lots for young children to get involved with including a bug hunt in the butterfly garden.”

Anne Goodall of the Lincolnshire Naturalists’ Union, said

“On Saturday 6 June from 7pm, Jenny from the Forestry Commission and I will be leading a dusk walk so we can conduct a bat count and roving woodcock survey. If any local people are interested in joining us, we’d love for them to come along. It will be a great chance to learn how to identify bat species and learn how we count woodcocks in the forest.”

All activities are free and open to everyone, although some activities may be unsuitable for dogs. There is no need to pre-book, just turn up at Chambers Farm Wood on the Saturday evening or Sunday morning and join in.


Notes to editors:

Chambers Farm Wood is a forest managed by the Forestry Commission. Situated on the site of a medieval woodland it contains ancient limes and a wealth of butterflies. A joy for any nature lover at anytime of the year.

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands.

Lincolnshire Naturalists’ Union is the natural history society for Lincolnshire. It is an amateur organisation for members to enjoy, study and record the flora, fauna and physical features of Lincolshire.