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Countdown to annual BioBlitz nature survey

Published on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

This year's BioBlitz takes place at Belgrave Hall and Gardens and the neighbouring churchyard of St Peter’s Church, and gets started on Thursday 17 May from 4pm.

Members of the public will be able to turn nature detective and help chart the wildlife living in the historical gardens.

Organisers are hoping to hit a target of 500 species found and experts will be on hand to help identify and record findings.

Members of the public are free to turn up and join the BioBlitz and become a wildlife detective by following by spotting plants and animals around the gardens at open sessions on Thursday (May 17) from 4-8.30pm, and on Friday (May 18) from 10am-3pm, when the event is due to end.

There will also a range of walks and talks running until midnight on Thursday, but places must be booked in advance.

Deputy City Mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on environment and public health, said: "BioBlitz is all the proof you need that you don’t need to go too far to enjoy a huge range of wildlife in Leicester – it's right there on our doorsteps.

"BioBlitz is a great way to play a part in understanding and nurturing the city’s biodiversity and the findings from the event always play an important part in helping us protect and enhance the city's natural habitats."

Helen O'Brien, city council nature conservation officer, added: "BioBlitz is a great event for all ages and a perfect introduction to the wealth of wildlife living in our city’s parks and green spaces.

“We’ve had over 10,000 people taking part in BioBlitz over the years. We've managed to record hundreds of different species at each previous event. There have been some unexpected sightings which is always exciting."

To find out more about this year’s BioBlitz and to book onto any walks, talks or other free events, visit www.leicester.gov.uk/promoting-biodiversity