Nature-lovers invited to take part in free BioBlitz day on Northam Burrows

The entrance to Northam Burrows.
The entrance to Northam Burrows.

Guided walks, rockpool rambles and plankton netting will be some of the activites at a special BioBlitz day on Northam Burrows this Friday (June 15).

Nature-lovers are being invited to come down to Northam Burrows and get involved in the day for free, which will run from 9am-5pm.

Toll charges will also be lifted on the day, and no specialist knowledge is required to join in.

The event will involve a series of guided walks and other activities that will run throughout the day, and a special basecamp is being set up at the visitor centre, where environmental organisations will have stalls and displays about local wildlife.

Michael Day, Northam Burrows lead ranger, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to visit the park and find out about the incredible variety of plant and animal species we have living here.

“We are extremely fortunate to have so many expert naturalists attending; the level of knowledge available on the day will be mind blowing.

“Our management plan is due for review in the coming year and the records collected at this event will contribute to the final document.

“This is your chance to make a real difference to the future management and protection of the site.”

With plant walks, a rockpool ramble, plankton netting and much more happening, this is an event nature enthusiasts will not want to miss.

The event has been organised by North Devon Coast AONB, as part of their Coastal Creatures project, and designed so that the public can join wildlife experts as they attempt to record all the plants and animals living in the park.

This BioBlitz is the fourth run by the project and promises to be the biggest yet, with experts from all over the country, as well as several local schools committed to helping on the day.

To encourage public participation all the activities are free and there will be no toll charges to the park on this day.

Cat Oliver, Coastal Creatures project officer, added: “With a variety of habitats including sand dunes, beaches, salt marsh and rocky shore we are sure to find and record hundreds of species.”

More information about the event can be found here.


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