Dalzell Estate & RSPB Barons Haugh in Motherwell hosted Scotland's first ever BRISC 'BioBlitz'event. Volunteers joined wildlife experts in a race against time to identify and record as many species as possible in a 24 hour biological recording survey.
The 2007 BRISC BioBlitz was organised by BRISC as part of their innovative Wildlife Counts Project, which provides FREE training workshops, aimed at stimulating awareness of wildlife through biological recording. The event was supported and publicised in close partnership with BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) as their main Spring Into Action event for 2007 with further support from North Lanarkshire Council.
Recorders managed to identify and record 478 different species within the 24 hours in what appears to be a new British record. The data included records on butterflies, bats, birds, badgers, ancient trees, invertebrates, bumble-bees, wildflowers and moths. Highlights of the weekend included 3 breeding pairs of Nuthatch, Blackcaps, a Leopard slug, four very uncommon species of Barkfly, Northern Marsh Orchids, Orange-tip Butterflies and a stunning Poplar Hawk moth.
More importantly, BioBlitz managed to establish records for the site which previously was under-recorded. The fantastic efforts of everyone contributed to nearly 500 different species being recorded, many of which had never been recorded at the Dalzell Estate. BRISC are grateful for the effort, commitment and passion shown by everyone who attended the event. Including:
- BTCV Scotland www2.btcv.org.uk/
- North Lanarkshire Council www.northlan.gov.uk/
- RSPB Barons Haugh www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/b/baronshaugh/index.asp
- Falkirk Council www.falkirk.gov.uk/home.aspx
- Buglife www.buglife.org.uk/
- Butterfly Conservation www.butterfly-conservation.org
- Bat Conservation Trust bats.org.uk/
- Bumble-bee Conservation Trust
- The Woodland Trust www.woodland-trust.org.uk/
- Scottish Badgers www.scottishbadgers.org.uk/
- The British Lichen Society www.thebls.org.uk/content/bls.html
- Scottish Wildlife Trust www.swt.org.uk/
- Bob Saville www.brc.ac.uk/schemes/barkfly/homepage.htm
BRISC would also like to thank all the key volunteers who helped to deliver the event over the weekend. These are Paul Mc Nally, Blair Johnston, Jo Mould, Fiona Wood, Heather Mc Nab, Julie Bett, Gordon Corbet, Mike Rutherford, Su Hilder, Gordon Swann, Gill Calder, Allan Kelly, Peter Blackburn, Betty Smith, Anne-Marie Smout, Juli Titherington, Jules Augley, Allan Pollock, Jimmy Maxwell, Alyson Hunter, Charlie Fairbairn, David Graham, Stirling University Conservation Volunteers, David Jamieson, Graham Burns, Nicola Sheridan, Cat Peattie, Jo Ridley, Anna Burrows and Sara-Jane Naylor.
See the photos from the event!
(All photos © Graham Burns (BTCV) and Fionna Wood)