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NEWS RELEASE No: 1667729 JUNE 2017

Hunt for bugs, birds and beautiful butterflies at our Westonbirt Bioblitz

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Westonbirt - Bioblitz

Join us on Saturday 8 July to discover the amazing wildlife that makes its home at Westonbirt Arboretum.   We all need a blitz on things from time to time (usually it’s tidying the bedroom floor!) but for Westonbirt it’s time for a BioBlitz!

A BioBlitz is a quick intensive way of finding  and recording all the living species in a particular area – a super quick survey!

We’ll be looking for rare and exciting species on and around the Downs area at Westonbirt.  Experts and enthusiasts from across the county and beyond will be sharing their knowledge and helping us to look closely for bees, butterflies and other bugs. We’ll be searching for earthworms, fungi and beautiful wildflowers and grasses.  There’ll be a spot of birdwatching and the chance to follow guided walks and, to top it all, you can create some special BioBlitz artwork in our kids workshop.

The BioBlitz HQ will be buzzing with activity - report your own findings, peer down a microscope, find out what has been seen so far and learn something new.

You could also purchase a signed copy of our brand new hot off the press Westonbirt Arboretum’s Treespotter’s Guide from the shop. This family friendly book is written by our very own Dendrologist (tree expert) Dan Crowley who will be signing copies of the book and leading guided walks to look at some of his favourite trees from the book.

No need to book. Find out more at:


Notes to Editor

1. Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission and is renowned worldwide for its tree and shrub collection. Home to five national collections, the arboretum covers 243 hectares (600 acres) and contains nearly 15,000 labelled specimens. Visitor numbers are 500,000 a year, with a membership of over 32,000. Westonbirt Arboretum was established in the 1850s by wealthy landowner Robert Holford and later developed by his son George Holford. Unlike many arboretums, Westonbirt is laid out according to aesthetic appeal rather than scientific or geographical criteria. Visit

2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible 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

3. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum was formed in 1985 by a small group of volunteers. Today it raises money to help protect and preserve the arboretum, enhance public enjoyment and knowledge of this world renowned tree collection and secure its sustainable future. The charity raises funds through a membership scheme with over 30,000 Friends, fundraising activities and the hire of the Great Oak Hall.  The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum is a registered charity (no. 293190). More information at  

4. Media contact: Heather Lilley, Communications Manager, Westonbirt Arboretum, Forestry Commission:   0300 067 4817


e-mail: Heather Lilley