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York Bioblitz

Sarah West
OPAL Community Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York

Oh my goodness, it's been months since my last post! Apologies. My excuse is that I've been tweeting instead....if you're into twitter, we tweet via @OPALnature.

We are working hard, honest! We're looking forward to the summer and planning lots of fun activities. Probably the biggest event we're organising is the York BioBlitz in Museum Gardens on the 15th and 16th June.

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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.

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Take part in a BioBlitz this summer

Join scientists in an exciting race against the clock to find as many species as possible in 24 hours.

Known as a BioBlitz, this kind of timed wildlife hunt is a fantastic way to discover more about local wildlife and contribute to valuable scientific research at the same time.

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OPAL on TV

Did anyone watch Museum of Life on BBC2 last night?  It's a documentary about the Natural History Museum that shows all the interesting things our scientists are up to. The programme featured the Wembury Bioblitz (a 24 hour wildlife survey) organised by me, my manager John and the Marine Biological Association last summer. You can read more about it if you scroll back through my earlier blog posts. John got all the limelight but there are lots of shots of me in the background too.  If you notice a young man yawning away - that's the OPAL web editor Chris

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Discover marine wildlife

Marine BioblitzJoin the Wembury Bioblitz and explore the diverse range of sea life along the Wembury coastline.

Learn all about marine wildlife and help us identify as many plants and animals as we can in a 24-hour period. You’ll be joined by experts from the Natural History Museum, Marine Biological Association, Devon Wildlife Trust, and a wide range of local nature groups.

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