After its success in 2014, visitors are once again being asked to join expert naturalists at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest near Goudhurst, Kent to carry out a fast and intensive 48 hours survey of the different flora and fauna in the Pinetum. The Bedgebury BioBlitz will take place on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August.
Bedgebury’s second BioBlitz promises to be another exciting and fun outdoor family event where expert naturalists and members of the public can work together to find and record the different species of plants, birds, bats, insects, pond life and mammals that live in the Pinetum. Everything found will be recorded in a species record which feeds in to national databases that monitor our wildlife. Citizen science in action!
With interactive activities for kids, grown-ups, beginners and experts, the Bedgebury BioBlitz has something for everyone with guided walks, talks, and demonstrations, as well as fun activities for the children, all creating a unique opportunity to get up close to some of Bedgebury’s wildlife and record what is seen at the same time.
The Forestry Commission’s Dan Luscombe, Dendrologist at Bedgebury, said:
“This is the second BioBlitz we’ve held at Bedgebury, and once again you will be able to get involved in all kinds of fun and exciting activities and learn how to find and identify the wildlife right on your doorstep. From wild flower walks and bug hunting, to bat detecting and bird watching - there will be something for everyone at the BioBlitz and no expertise is necessary! This year you’ll also be able to join Bedgebury’s team of tree experts and help them discover and learn about the wonderful unseen world of our canopy dwelling Pinetum residents for the first time ever!”
There are a number of free and exciting drop-in events for the whole family planned for both days. However, for those that are interested in Bedgebury’s bird life, bats, wildflowers, small mammals or tree conservation work there are a limited number of places on exclusive expert-guided walks*.
Further details of all activities and events are available on the Bedgebury website at www.forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury and guided walks can be booked by calling the Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum on 01580 879842
Bedgebury is cared for by the Forestry Commission for people, wildlife and trees.
* Guided walks: £10 for adults, £5 for children aged 8-15.
Notes to Editor
1. Open all year Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest is home to the National Conifer Collection. The 128-hectare (320-acre) site is recognised as one of the most complete collections of conifer trees and plants on one site anywhere in the world, containing more than 12,000 trees, including rare, endangered and historically important specimens. Staff travel the world to collect seeds from rare and endangered species for propagation, and are supported in this work by the Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum. It is a key partner in Fauna & Flora International’s Global Trees Campaign, and makes a major contribution to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation co-ordinated by Botanic Gardens Conservation International. It does this by collecting endangered seeds from all over the world to bring back to Bedgebury for propagation.
More than 2000 tree and shrub seedlings are grown at Bedgebury every year, some of which are planted on site. Surplus seedlings and plants are distributed to other botanic gardens and safe sites across the UK and Europe, and it provides seed to the Millennium Seed Bank. Bedgebury works to conserve species identified in the UK Red Data Book as in need of particular conservation effort.
The Pinetum also offers a beautiful setting for peaceful walks and picnics, whether wrapping up on a cold frosty morning, or enjoying a beautiful day of sunshine, and seasonal trails explaining more about the Pinetum can be followed throughout the year.
Bedgebury Forest covers around 800 hectares (2000 acres) of forest and offers facilities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy activities such as adventure play, walking, cycling, mountain-biking, running, and horse riding; and it has a Go Ape high-ropes adventure trail. Seasonal events are also offered throughout the year.
The Bedgebury Visitor Centre serves both the National Pinetum and Forest. Recently refurbished it now includes a stunning Atrium containing beautiful interpretation relating to Bedgebury’s conservation work, and the Bedgebury Cafe provides a full range of hot and cold refreshments and features new improved catering facilities. There is also a cycle hire shop (including adapted cycles and a bike wash area), a visitor information centre and a classroom/community room, toilets and showers.
Information about Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest is available from http://www.forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury, www.facebook.com/bedgeburypinetum and www.twitter.com/BedgeburyP by phone to 01580 879820, or by email to email@example.com
2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Further information can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/england.
3. The Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum is a charity that supports the Forestry Commission in its management of Bedgebury as a world-class centre of conifer research, conservation and education, as a landscape of rare and endangered flora and fauna, and as a site for high quality, healthy recreation. It is funded by membership subscriptions, sponsorship activities and donations.
For more information about the Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum visit www.bedgeburypinetum.org.uk , contact 01580 879842 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra Styles, Bedgebury Marketing and Communications, email@example.com or 0300 067 4475.