TV star Chris in Law­ers sweep Na­ture au­dit on Perthshire moun­tain

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Me­lanie Bonn

Spring­watch TV pre­sen­ter and pas­sion­ate wildlife ex­plorer Chris Pack­ham will spend to­mor­row scour­ing the slopes of Ben Law­ers for plantlife and beast­ies.

Chris has cho­sen to start his UK Bioblitz Cam­paign on Satur­day at the Perthshire Munro climb and Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve.

Ben Law­ers is a hugely sig­nif­i­cant place for botanists as it is renowned for its Arc­tic-Alpine flora, many of which are rare and en­dan­gered species.

The area is also home to a va­ri­ety of wildlife in­clud­ing red deer, ptarmi­gan, black grouse and ravens.

It will be the start of a ten-day, 50-site tour of the UK us­ing help from the pub­lic to dis­cover what crea­tures and plants are to be found in 2018.

This is the first in­de­pen­dent na­ture au­dit of its kind in the UK.

His goal is to in­ves­ti­gate the ex­tent to which the na­tion’s wildlife species are un­der threat and to meet and raise money for the lo­cal projects work­ing on the con­ser­va­tion of wildlife habi­tats.

The Na­tional Trust for Scot­land’s se­nior ranger nat­u­ral­ist at Ben Law­ers, He­len Cole, said: “We are very hon­oured to be the start­ing point for Chris’s epic jour­ney look­ing at the wildlife across the UK.

“Ben Law­ers is a very im­por­tant place for all sorts of plants, in­sects and an­i­mals and we hope that the pub­lic will come along and help us dis­cover more about the won­der­ful wildlife that all of us here help pro­tect, for the love of Scot­land.”

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to come along and join in.

The Bioblitz will pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren and young peo­ple to get in­volved and en­gaged with the nat­u­ral world to in­spire them to con­serve and pro­tect it as they grow up.

On from 8am to noon, vis­i­tors will be record­ing the wild­flow­ers, plants, in­sects and birds that flour­ish on Ben Law­ers Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve.

At­ten­dees should meet at the Ben Law­ers NNR car park.

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