Small skipper butterfly in a wild flower meadow
BioBlitz 2022
Friday 24th - Saturday 25th June

Take part in this year's Forest BioBlitz

BioBlitz 2022 is a jam-packed event, a race against the clock to discover as many species of plants, animals, and fungi as possible, within a set location, in 24 hours. With unique surveys and fun experiences there is something here for everyone. This year our BioBlitz starts on Friday 24th June and finishes on Saturday 25th June.

Last year wildlife experts and the public came together and over the 24-hour timeframe, they recorded 363 different plant and animal species in a section of the Heart of England Forest! This year we hope to find even more, so do come and join us to help create a snapshot of the rich biodiversity that can be found in College Wood (near Studley) this June. It is a fun way to learn together and share enthusiasm for nature.

We welcome experts, complete newbies, and everyone in between. You can take part in as many sessions as you like, but remember you can't be in two places at once. So, take a look at the list below to find out what’s on and book your places.

Common pipistrelle bat
Evening Bat Walk and Survey
Friday 24th June 2022
9:15pm – 11:15pm

Join Sam Macvie and Tasha Cain from our Biodiversity Team to not only assist with vital data collection but to learn how to use an ultrasonic bat detector to identify a common pipistrelle from a soprano pipistrelle. And If you are lucky, you may even see and hear Daubenton’s bats skimming low over ponds!
Buff arches moth
Evening Moth Survey
Friday 24th June 2022
9:30pm – 11:30pm
Privet hawkmoth
Morning Moth Survey
Saturday 25th June 2022
8:30am - 10.30am
Male blackcap perching on a branch of a spring tree with green leaves
Bird survey
Saturday 25th June
7.30am - 9.30am

Join Sam Macvie from our Biodiversity Team for a walk around College Wood recording all bird species we come across. The College Wood area contains ancient woodland and new woodland; hedgerows; a collection of ponds, ditches, and streams; and grassland, therefore is likely to have a good variety of bird species. We should see farmland birds like the skylark, woodland birds like the song thrush, and multiple different wetland species, as well as experience many birds in song.
Wild wood mouse on the mossy forest floor
Small Mammals Survey
Saturday 25th June 2022
10:00am – 12:00noon

Tiny mammals, such a mice, shrews, and voles, are the hustle and bustle of the forest, providing an important role in the ecosystem. Join mammal expert Andy Bucklitch as he guides you through the identification - you’ll soon be able to tell your bank voles from your field voles.
A pond in the Forest with a tree to left hand side, reeds on the far side, and a bird swooping over the water
Pond Invertebrate Survey
Saturday 25th June 2022
10.00am – 12.00noon

Go pond dipping for diving beetles and dragonfly larvae with pond invertebrate expert Will Watson. Learn what we have in our ponds at College Wood, how to identify multiple sorts of pond invertebrate, and the difference between the different types of invert nymphs and larvae.
Close up of a bumblebee on a yellow flower
Grasshopper and bumblebee survey
Saturday 25th June 2022
11.00am – 1.00pm

Look for bees, grasshoppers and crickets and learn a bit about volunteering in the Forest with volunteer manager Jonathan. Learn how to ID some of the common bumblebees and any cuckoo bumblebees we may come across, and the difference between a grasshopper and a cricket.
A group of three boys crouched on and around a large, low tree stump looking for bugs in the Forest
Family Activity Walk
Saturday 25th June 2022
11.00am – 2.00pm

A self guided family walk, quiz and pollinator count around College Wood. Come along explore one of our wonderful diverse woodlands and find out about the important creatures that live here.
Common Blue Butterfly with its wings open
Butterfly Walk
Saturday 25th June 2022
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Take a walk with Mike Slater from Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire, recording all the different butterfly species we see. Part of this Wood is already well-recorded with great numbers of small heath and marbled white, but the less recorded areas may contain some species not yet found in this corner of the Forest. There is excellent habitat for treetop purple emperor territories, so bring your binoculars!
A pond in the Forest with trees either side, reeds on the far side, and two birds on the water
Pond Invertebrate Survey
Saturday 25th June 2022
1.00pm – 3.00pm

Go pond dipping for diving beetles and dragonfly larvae with pond invertebrate expert Will Watson. Learn what we have in our ponds at College Wood, how to identify multiple sorts of pond invertebrate, and the difference between the different types of invert nymphs and larvae.
Yellow flower: Bird's-foot trefoil
An Afternoon Surveying Floral Delights
Saturday 25th June 2022
1.30pm – 3.30pm

Chris Talbot and Emma Kersley welcome you to join their two hour floral flurry survey! The new woodlands planted here with large rides have numerous grassland and hedgerow plant species, such as grass vetchling, bird’s-foot-trefoil and common knapweed.
View of Studley Castle through trees and shrubs
Trees and Shrubs Walk
Saturday 25th June
3.30pm - 5.30pm

Join Head Forester Stephen Coffey and Tree Nursery Manager Geza Kiss to find out what trees and shrubs are present at College Wood. Old parkland, expansive hedgerows, and new woodland should mean this is area of the forest has an excellent diversity of trees and shrubs – we already know of some fine examples of horse chestnut here. Learn the difference between a tree and a shrub, how to identify some species, and what the Forest is doing for trees.