Join our Bioblitz! Celebrating Biodiversity Day
Our local wildlife has been more important than ever for many of us over the last year. That’s why we’re celebrating Biodiversity Day with a Go Wild in Garnock Bioblitz – and we need your help!
Event Information Resources and FAQs Bioblitz Blog
Join us on the 22nd and 23rd May in recording our wildlife:
- Your findings will be added to the weekend’s total - we're aiming for 250 records!
- We'll be posting live updates as the weekend progresses.
- Send us your photos and videos of the day, and we'll add them to our Biodiversity Day Celebration Video.
These cuddly red squirrels are looking for a new home!
Submit your wildlife records for our Bioblitz and you can enter our prize draw.
A copy of Heritage Trees of Scotland is also up for grabs.
Check back in the run up to the event for regular updates, guest blogs from our wonderful partners and links to loads of free ID resources to help you out on the big day.
Exciting Update: You can now borrow wildlife recording equipment from our collection to use for the Bioblitz! Click here to find out more.
What if I live outside the Garnock Connections landscape?
You can still take part! You don't need to travel into the project area to join in - just make sure to include the location of your findings when you submit them to us. You'll still be entered into our prize draw, and your records will count towards our grand total.
How to submit your wildlife records
There are several options for submitting your records:
Let us know on Twitter @GarnockLP or Facebook @GarnockConnections
To contribute to our running total, please submit your records by 5pm on Sunday 23rd May.
Biodiversity Day was launched by the Convention on Biological Diversity to raise awareness and action for the conservation of global biodioversity.
You can read more about it here.
Guides and resources for fledgling wildlife recorders
Not sure what a bioblitz involves? Wondering how you can take part? Check out our Bioblitz FAQ page, created by our Wildlife Recording Assistant Miriam, for help getting started.
If you've never done any wildlife recording before, it can be difficult to know where to get started - so we've put together a handy quiz to help you out.
Just answer three questions about the types of activities you'd enjoy and we'll give you recording ideas, links to relevant and easy-to-use ID resources as well as suggestions for equipment in your results.
Bioblitz Blog Series - Biodiversity and Wildlife Recording in the Garnock Valley
Ever wondered how your records can make a difference? Peter Norman, Project Officer for South West Scotland Environmental Information Centre, explains how to go about wildlife recording and where your records go.
Get up close and personal with raised bogs and you'll see they're full of colour. Scott Shanks, Project Lead for Raising the Bogs, reveals some of the hidden jewels you can discover across our local boggy landscapes.
The Ayrshire coast is a great place to watch seabirds during their breeding season. Garnock Connection's Project Officer Ian gives us the rundown on his favourite species, where to find them, and tips for separating those 'seagulls'.
Did you know that around 75% of the crops we eat – nuts, fruits and vegetables – rely on pollinators like bees and hoverflies? Lorna Cole, from Scotland's Rural College, explains why the future of our food depends on the diversity of these amazing insects.
If you take a riverside walk, you might see strips of woodland growing on the banks. They certainly look lovely - but did you know they're vital for the health of the river itself? Peter Livingstone, CEO of Eadha Enterprises, explains why we need these trees more than ever.
Three weeks on from our Biodiversity Day Bioblitz, we can officially say it was a blooming success, with 132 flowering plant species recorded! These species made up over half our records, making the event a fantastic snapshot of the floral diversity in the Garnock Valley.