BioBlitzes, beetles and being by the seaside

Wow, I can't tell you how busy I've been over the past few weeks - so that's my excuse for not updating my blog for a while.  I'm just starting to catch back up with things after a manic start to June.  We've had two great events just a week apart... The Alexandra Palace BioBlitz on 5th June was part of a BBC Springwatch Wild Day Out in London and the Mothecombe Bioblitz was held down on the coast in Devon on 11th and 12th June.

The two events were really different to one another which made it more fun for us.  The Ally Pally Bioblitz was HUGE!  We had around 100 scientists and 8000 members of the public spread out across out 3 discovery zones as well as the BioBlitz base camp marquee and the wildlife fair.  All were helping us to record the wildlife in the park - as much as we could find in 24 hours.  The species list stands at around 700 different species now.  There were some quite interesting finds too, such as a beetle called Amphotis marginata.  The bioblitz was only the second time this beetle has been seen in the UK since 1969 - how amazing is that?! 

The Mothecombe Bioblitz was a bit lower key and in tune with the relaxed atmosphere of south Devon!  Mothecombe was the sequel to last year's Wembury BioBlitz where we found 823 species in total over 24 hours, so the bar has been set high!  The photos in this post are from Mothecombe - doesn't it look gorgeous and sunny?!  We were certainly blessed with the weather. We had school groups on Friday and a public open day on Saturday with loads of activities from the Big Seaweed Search to rockpooling, lichen walks and beetle hunts.  The species lists are still coming in from the experts but I'm hopeful we'll beat last year's total.  Keep watching this blog and I'll let you know when we have the final tally!

More photos and interesting finds to come soon once we've had a chance to sort through and pick out the best for you...