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QECP BioBlitz

posted Sep 2, 2012, 2:43 AM by Mark Rose   [ updated Sep 2, 2012, 2:46 AM ]
In August, Hampshire's 2000 acre Queen Elizabeth Country Park hosted it's first BioBlitz, a 24 hour frenzy of biological recording! These events are designed to simultaneously engage the public while making a significant contribution to biological record data.

In addition to the staff and regular volunteers of the Park, the event was supported by 43 local experts, including a panel from the Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre (HBIC) who had the considerable task of collating all the data. HBIC have since confirmed a grand total of 992 records of 555 different species!

Also in attendance were of course the Hampshire Bat Group. We got more than we'd bargained for when early on the second day a young pipistrelle (pictured left) was found seeking refuge behind a litter bin! Unlike the majority of wild animals, young bats found alone during daylight are usually in trouble and in need of assistance. The young bat was taken to the Hampshire Bat Hospital where it is now being fed up and flight trained prior to release back at the Park.

Another highlight of the event from our perspective was the recording of a Barbastelle bat by Nik Knight during one of the guided bat walks! This is a very rare species, so this record represents a valuable addition to our monitoring programme.

If you would like to attend next year's Blitz at the QECP, or many other events around Hampshire, please keep an eye on our events calendar.