The keenly anticipated findings of the Brampton Road BioBlitz have finally been revealed! Despite some of the late-evening activities being rained off, an impressive number and range of species were identified throughout the day.
Organiser Cain Scrimgeour, who lectures on the wildlife and media programme, reported: “In total we found 42 species of birds, including migratory species such as blackcap, spotted flycatcher and our first swifts of the year. We also saw or found signs of four mammals: grey squirrel, hedgehog, wood mouse and common pipistrelle. A frog added an amphibian to the list!”
Throughout the BioBlitz, students and staff at the campus had undertaken a variety of activities alongside the species identification, such as birdbox construction, filming and photography including the use of camera traps, and worm charming, of which Cain says:
“The worm charming champions managed to raise over 50 worms from the ground, using a mix of techniques ranging from dancing to playing Bob Marley songs!”
The day was rounded off convivially, with a barbeque run by members of the Wildlife Society. Cain continues: “The event was a brilliant success, and everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed it, including the staff members who participated. It was a shame about the weather, but I'm planning to revisit those evening activities in the autumn term, possibly with an additional BioBlitz.”
LtoR: Nigel Austin (senior media technician) and students Lequane Johnson, Cameron Walker, Rachel Owen and Bethan Grinter.