A group of people standing around a night moth trap in Collette's wood
BioBlitz 2023

Take part in this year's Forest BioBlitz

BioBlitz 2023 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 30th June and finishes on Saturday 1st July.

Last year wildlife experts and the public came together and in 24 hours 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 Giddings wood. 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 place.

Common pipistrelle bat
Evening Bat Walk and Survey
Friday 30th June 2023
9:30pm – 11:30pm

Join Tasha and Ed 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.
Blotched emerald moth
Evening Moth Survey
Friday 30th June 2023
9:30pm – 11:30pm

Identify moths caught in light traps with the BBC Ndeavour Moth Group. Giddings Wood is one of our older areas of new woodland, flanked by younger woodlands, flower-rich grasslands and the Noleham Brook, providing varied habitats for all sorts of moth species.
Poplar hawk moth
Morning Moth Survey
Saturday 1st July 2023
8:15am - 10.30am

Identify moths caught in light traps with the BBC Ndeavour Moth Group. Giddings Wood is one of our older areas of new woodland, flanked by younger woodlands, flower-rich grasslands and the Noleham Brook, providing varied habitats for all sorts of moth species.
Male blackcap perching on a branch of a spring tree with green leaves
Bird survey
Saturday 1st July 2023
6.00am - 8.00am

Join Sam Macvie from our biodiversity team for a walk around Noleham Wood and Giddings Wood recording all bird species we come across. The area contains mixed ages of new woodland, hedgerows, ponds, ditches, streams and grassland, therefore is likely to have a good assemblage of bird species.
Mammal expert Andy Bucklitch identifying voles during bioblitz 2022
Small Mammals Survey
Saturday 1st July 2023
8:15am – 10:15am

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 of species.
The Mckurk family taking part in the pond survey during BioBlitz 2021
Pond Invertebrate Survey
Saturday 1st July 2023
10.30am – 1.00pm

Find out what we have in our ponds and streams here, how to identify multiple sorts of pond invertebrate, and the difference between the different types of invert nymphs and larvae in our ponds.
A close up of a woodlouse
Invertebrate Hunt
Saturday 1st July 2023
11.00am – 1.00pm

Go looking for grasshoppers, crickets, woodlice, and other invertebrates with Forest team members Jonathan and Avery at Noleham Wood. Learn how to identify some of the common woodlice we may come across, the difference between a grasshopper and a cricket, and other invertebrates in the Forest like bumblebees and ladybirds.
A marbled white on a yellow flower in the Forest
Butterfly Walk
Saturday 1st July 2023
1:15pm – 3:15pm

Take a walk with Mike Slater from Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire, recording all the different butterfly species we see. We hope to spot plenty of low-flying butterflies such as brimstone and the marvellous marbled white.
Dave, Sam and a volunteer looking out across a large pond in the Forest
Afternoon Pond Survey
Saturday 1st July 2023
2.00pm – 4.30pm

Find out what we have in our ponds and streams here, how to identify multiple sorts of pond invertebrate, and the difference between the different types of invert nymphs and larvae in our ponds. We may even catch a few tadpoles too!
Yellow flower: Bird's-foot trefoil
An Afternoon Surveying Floral Delights
Saturday 1st July 2023
3.30pm – 5.30pm

Discover this area of the Forest with expert Chris Talbot. You'll see a mix of new woodland, hedgerows, grassy rides, streams, ponds and meadows, providing habitat for many different plant species. Knapweed and bird’s-foot-trefoil should be at the peak of the flowering around this time.
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