Pack­ham plans a ‘bioblitz’ to help na­ture fight back

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

TV PRE­SEN­TER and naturalist Chris Pack­ham is call­ing on the help of ex­perts and the pub­lic for a na­tion­wide “bioblitz” to au­dit the coun­try’s wildlife.

Pack­ham aims to use the in­de­pen­dent “ci­ti­zen sci­ence” au­dit of 50 sites across the coun­try, in­clud­ing some in York­shire, to high­light the ex­tent to which the na­tion’s species are un­der threat, and that it is “not enough” just to have wildlife in na­ture re­serves. He also hopes the re­sults will be a bench­mark to help mea­sure fu­ture de­clines or im­prove­ments.

Bioblitzes in­volve an in­ten­sive field study over a set pe­riod of time to record all the liv­ing species within a des­ig­nated area.

Start­ing in the Scot­tish High­lands on July 14, over the course of 10 days he will make his way through North­ern Ire­land, Wales and parts of Eng­land, look­ing at wildlife from flies to fungi, mam­mals, birds and but­ter­flies.

At each site, Pack­ham and his “bioblitz” team will be joined by spe­cial­ists on dif­fer­ent species and am­a­teur na­ture lovers. He said: “I’m do­ing this be­cause I want to high­light that the UK’s land­scape is in big trou­ble.”

On Wed­nes­day, July 18, he will be at Fi­ley Bird Ob­ser­va­tory in North York­shire and on Thurs­day, July 19, he will be at Noster­field Na­ture Re­serve and Fair­burn Ings, both in North York­shire.

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