TV presenter Packham is heading for Ben Lawers
TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham is making a beeline for the Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve tomorrow (Saturday).
It is the first stop on a 10-day Bioblitz tour of sites across the UK during which he will investigate the extent to which the nation’s wildlife species are under threat.
The Springwatch presenter is to meet and raise money for the local projects working on the conservation of wildlife habitats.
Chris will also visit Beechwood in Stirling on Saturday to see the On the Verge scheme, which encourages schools and community groups to sow areas of native wild flowers. His itinerary also includes Flanders Moss on Sunday. The Beechwood and Flanders Moss visits are invitation only.
Ben Lawers is operated by the National Trust for Scotland and its ranger naturalist Helen Cole, said:“This is a very important place for all sorts of plants, insects and animals and we hope the public will come along and help us discover more about the wonderful wildlife all of us here help protect, for the love of Scotland.”
Ben Lawers is one of 50 sites Chris will be visiting. And from 8am to noon visitors are invited to come and get hands on with recording the wildflowers, plants, insects and birds that flourish on Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve.
Attendees should meet at the Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve car park to join in for free.
The UK Bioblitz team includes 100s of experts, species specialists, young conservationists and film makers all working together to highlight the state of our wildlife and the need for urgent centralised action to ensure we have wildlife everywhere.
Ben Lawers is regarded as a hugely significant place for botanists, renowned for its arctic-alpine flora, many of which are rare and endangered. The area is also home to wildlife including red deer, ptarmigan, black grouse and ravens.
Audit TV presenter Chris Packham will be visiting Ben Lawers and sites in Stirlingshire