10am – 4pm, Thursday 28th May, St Helen’s Duver, St Helens
Do you care about wildlife and nature? If so, there will be a perfect opportunity this half term for nature lovers of all ages to turn wildlife detective. Come and help experts from the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership and the National Trust track down and record wildlife around the woods, beaches and shoreline of St Helen’s Duver.
Go Wild on the Duver is a free family event looking at the Island’s wildlife both during the day and at night. The Isle of Wight Bioblitz is organised by the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership in co-operation with the Biodiversity Action Plan Partnership (BAP) and the National Trust.
The aim of the Go wild on the Duver Bioblitz is to record as many species as possible on St Helen’s Duver. This year there will be the chance to search sandy beaches, rock pools, sand dunes, and coastal woods for birds, plants and insects like little egrets, thrift, mining bees, sea anemones, shrimps and blennies.
St Helen’s Duver will be buzzing with great wildlife activities taking place throughout the day including: art activities, wildflower and wildlife walks, bug hunts, moth trapping, bird ringing as well as numerous other activities for the public between 10am and 4pm. There will even be on expert led bat spotting expedition during the evening.
No experience is needed and people of all ages are welcome to come along and help the experts look for the plants and animals that make this area so special.
Children will also have the change to tick off some activities in the National Trust’s ‘50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ Challenge’, such as finding crazy creatures in a rock pool and catching a crab.
The National Trust’s Head Ranger Robin Lang, says: “We know that people care passionately about nature and wildlife – TV programmes like Countryfile, Spring and Autumn Watch are proof that more people than ever before are interested in the natural environment. In order to protect the precious coastal wildlife that we have on the Island, we need to update our records on every different species, and we’d love as many people as possible to help us. Nature and wildlife lovers of all ages are welcome.”
2015 is a special year for the National Trust on the Island. It is 50 years since the Trust launched Neptune, a national campaign to save some of the country’s most beautiful stretches of coastline. As a result the campaign saved 775 miles of coastline which will now be protected forever, including 17 miles of the finest coastline on the Island including the Tennyson Down, Compton and Brook Bay. This year, the Trust on the Island is holding a wide programme of event and activities to celebrate the Coast
For the latest event updates and activities timetable visit: http://wightaonb.org.uk/events/go-wild-on-the-duver-a-free-family-day-wildlife-event/
Or watch our short teaser video about this year’s Bioblitz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUXLuT27MVw
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For further information, photos or logos please contact Joel Bateman (AONB Communication and Project Officer) 01983 823855 (email@example.com).
The Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is one of the finest landscapes in the country. It was designated in 1963 and covers approximately half of the Island (191 km2). The Isle of Wight AONB incorporates a rich variety of distinctive landscapes and is often likened to lowland England in miniature. The purpose of designation is the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty. More information – call 01983 823855 or visit www.wightaonb.org.uk
The Isle of Wight AONB Partnership oversees the management of the AONB. It is an independent organisation made up of key stakeholders with a direct management role or interest in the AONB. This is jointly funded by DEFRA and the Isle of Wight Council.